Forum for Democratic Change’s unforeseen decision to front two candidates for the East African Legislative Assembly has got the opposition Democratic Party (DP) upset.
DP’s president Norbert Mao in a statement expressed dismay at the letter sent out by FDC to the speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, viagra sale http://cmd-kenya.org/institute/wp-includes/ms-default-constants.php on the leading opposition party’s decision to front two candidates for EALA.
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FDC’s NEC went to polls on Monday and elected Kaberamaido Woman Member of Member of Parliament, Florence Ibi Ekwao as its candidate for EALA. The party’s Secretary for Mobilization Ingrid Turinawe, who was considered the favorite came second in the race. She conceded defeat.
The following day however, FDC announced that they were not sending one representative for consideration but two.
As such, the FDC Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi wrote to the Speaker of Parliament, that FDC being the official opposition party had decided to front two candidates, Ingrid Turinawe and Mrs Ekwao.
DP thinks FDC’s move was frantic, and in fear that it might lose out on both seats when MPs get to chose the final 9 representatives.
According to Mao, DP’s candidate Fred Mukasa Mbidde, who is an incumbent, was deemed by FDC as a major threat.
“Since on account of his profile and EALA experience, Mbidde is the strongest opposition candidate; that means he serves The National Interest best. EALA is not just about shades of opinions and partisan interests,” noted Mao.
“And Mbidde is indispensable on that account. That makes him a constant like the “mathematical pi”. This is why Mbidde is FDC’s biggest nightmare. This should explain the desperate tone of Nandala Mafabi’s letter on the EALA elections.”
The DP President also poked holes in FDC’s argument that they are the official opposition party and must therefore take both the opposition slots.
He noted, “True they are the official opposition but the highest number of non NRM members in parliament are independents, followed by FDC, DP and UPC. All parties that are not NRM are considered opposition.
“Yet independents who almost double the number of party MPs are competing for one slot. FDC can’t get 100 percent of the opposition slots because they’re not 100 percent of the opposition!
“The purpose of the EALA election process is to ensure that FDC, DP, and FDC compete for the 2 opposition slots (which formula the FDC now curiously accepts). Those three opposition parties represent a shade of opinion. Of the three one party will go empty handed. Infact since FDC and DP have a joint shadow government they represent a shade of opinion.”
Mao advised FDC to negotiate with other parties on the most tenable EALA representation.
“If FDC was wise, it would lead a negotiation process that would at least guarantee it a seat. By trying to negotiate without grounding its demands on a clear principle of the EAC Treaty FDC faces a dilemma. “