Barely a week after scooping the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer position, Patrick Amuriat Oboi has on Monday consoled Wasswa Birigwa, the former contender, with a juicy appointment.
The appointment comes after Birigwa back pedaled on his decision and stepped down from the FDC Presidential flag bearer race on Thursday last week which gave Amuriat a lee way to carry the Party’s hopes in the 2021 Presidential polls.
Addressing a press conference on October 12, 2020, in a typical display of camaraderie, he told the media that his rival, Birigwa, has been handed the lead role of selling his candidacy.
“I have assigned the following, number one; Owekitiibwa Ambassador Waswa Birigwa as the Director General of the campaigns, two; the Honorable Roland Kaginda Mugume as the National Field Coordinator and number three; honorable Albert Okello Onduman who will be the Executive Director of the campaign bureau,” Amuriat disclosed.
Offering a glimpse into their duties, he said that the above will be charged with the task of establishing a campaign bureau, structures and generating campaign funds adding that the entire team will be unveiled on Monday October 19, 2020, after necessary approvals.
In the same vein, Amuriat is yet again expected to undertake a country wide mobilization tour with effect from October 17, 2020.
“I will interact with FDC leaders, supporters and nominated candidates and I will be waving to Ugandans now in the capacity of the FDC Flag bearer. This exercise will be concluded with a grand homecoming and thanksgiving function in Soroti, a place of my birth and also where I made my political debut,” he announced.
While he has expressed plans to visit hospitals such as Mulago National Referral Hospital and a host of educational institutions, it remains to be seen whether he will easily access cultural institutions in light of the 2017 Rwenzururu fiasco.
In 2016, Rwenzururu King Charles Omusinga Wesley Mumbere who was widely considered an FDC ally had his palace attacked by security forces on grounds that he was harboring rebellious elements.
Pressed about this issue, Amuriat insisted that there is no reason as to why cultural leaders should be restrained.
“We believe that we go to these traditional institutions not as politicians but as common citizens of this country. We are not going to them to seek any form of endorsement,” he pointed out.
“We go to them to learn something from them, get their views. Remember that the Kabaka of Buganda or Emorimor of Teso, they are citizens of Uganda, they also vote. So what is wrong with me even going to ask for a vote from Emorimor?” Amuriat posed.
All said and done, it appears that campaign funds shall also be a sticking point in FDC’s renewed quest to end the National Resistance Movement (NRM) 35 year old dominance of national politics.
During an exclusive conversation with FDCs Deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija, it was revealed that for this financial year, they have not received their share of the 10 billion shillings that is annually allocated to the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) members.
IPOD is an umbrella body of political parties with Parliamentary representation.