By John Ogulei
The Opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC party has expelled the Party’s Deputy President, Owek Joyce Naboosa Ssebugwawo for accepting Museveni’s appointment.
The expulsion is contained in a statement released today 11th June 2021, on Forum for Democratic Change social media page by the former Presidential Candidate in the recently concluded general Elections, Patrick Amuriat Oboi.
A bitter Amuriat faults Ssebugwawo for accepting President Museveni’s appointment as Deputy Minister for ICT.
“Fellow Comrades of the FDC, Warm greetings from Najjanankumbi. As you are aware by now, Owek Joyce Naboosa Ssebugwawo formerly Deputy President has been appointed State Minister in the junta Administration. I can confirm that she has accepted the appointment and as a result has offended Article 12 of the FDC Constitution. She therefore ceases to be a member of FDC and has accordingly voluntarily relinquished her position as Deputy President,” Amuriat said in the statement.
Amuriat who is currently in his home village in Ajuket Kumi District however appreciated the contribution of Ssebugwawo towards the growth of FDC as a Party.
“All of you will appreciate the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Owek. Joyce Naboosa Ssebugwawo put into the formation, growth and running of the party over the last more than 20 years of her political life. It is this political investment that she has out of her own volition chosen to abandon especially at this time when the struggle to free this country has reached a critical stage and requires all of us.” Amuriat’s statement reads in part.
Amuriat explained that his former deputy neither consulted him nor the Party.
“Her decision to leave the party in order to join our tormentor is purely personal and the organs of the FDC were never consulted. She now joins our former colleagues who earlier on parted ways with us leaving behind an even stronger party. My firm believe is that her departure although hurting the organization will not lead to our disintegration and should encourage us to even work harder in pursuit of our goals.”
He also counseled his Party members from attacking the person of Naboosa.
“I wish to appeal to you my dear friends to desist from unnecessary attacks on the person of Owek. Joyce Naboosa Ssebugwawo as this does not add any value to our political mission and is not in our culture as FDC. After consultation with the Organs of the party, I will be appointing a caretaker Deputy President within a period of two weeks to replace her,” Amuriat advised.
“To Mama Joyce Naboosa Ssebugwawo I wish you well in whatever you hope to achieve for your country using your new assignment. The FDC doors remain open to you and whoever left us before just in case you may wish to return,” Amuriat concluded.