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FDC Top Envoy Resigns

Sam Akaki

The eloquent Sam Akaki, story http://claude-nicaud.com/new/wp-includes/widgets/class-wp-nav-menu-widget.php who has been serving as opposition FDC envoy to UK and European Union, http://daa.asn.au/wp-includes/feed-rss.php has resigned his position, http://codapostproduction.com/wp/wp-includes/id3/module.audio.ac3.php Chimp Corps report.

A well known critic of President Museveni, Akaki threw in a towel this week, ending almost a decade as the opposition’s representative to Europe – a position he used to mobilise funds and international bodies to throw their weight behind FDC to challenge Museveni’s hold on power.

Akaki is the founder of Democratic Institute for Poverty Reduction in Africa (DIPRA).

Samuel Makhoka, an exiled FDC activist, confirmed Akaki’s resignation: “I still respect and hold him in the highest regard. He is among those that mentored me.”

It remains unclear why Akaki chose to quit but insiders pointed to the party’s failure to make significant inroads into Museveni’s territory as the president prepares for the 2016 elections.

In a recent article, Akaki praised President Museveni for exercising restraint and leniency after learning that former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and wife Jacqueline were engaged in acts that undermined the head of state.

In September 2011, Akaki collapsed and fainted on the plane as he flew from Oslo, Norway to UK after attending an opposition gathering.

Officials said then that his blood pressure and pulse/heartbeat had dropped to dangerous levels.

It was reported that an ambulance was called to Heathrow airport, where Akaki was given emergence treatment as soon as the plane landed there.

Akaki’s resignation comes at a time of heightened internal power struggles in FDC ahead of the 2016 elections.

FDC leader Mugisha Muntu has since come under fire from his rival Nandala Mafabi for plunging the party into a financial crisis.

The former army commander is accused of keeping a low profile and avoiding confrontation with national security forces, something they believe greatly popularized Col Kizza Besigye.

Critics also claim that Muntu is not as good a resource mobiliser, as Col Besigye, which partly explains why party is reported cash-strapped.

FDC is also operating without elected finance chiefs after Mafabi and Jack Sabiiti chose to quit Muntu’s government.

However, FDC spokesperson, John Kikonyogo recently said such conflicts are “healthy” and good for “internal democracy.”

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