The hopes of the Forum for Democratic Change Katonga faction led by the Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago to block the delegates’ conference organized by the Najjanankumbi group led by Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Nathan Nandala Mafabi might have suffered a setback.
It has emerged that one of the FDC vice chairpersons signed a notice inviting party members to a delegates’ conference slated for today in Kampala.
The two factions met at the High Court in Kampala yesterday for the hearing of an application filed by Lukwago’s group to block the delegates’ conference.
The cornerstone of the argument was that Boniface Toterebuka Bamwenda, the head of the Electoral Commission at Najjanankumbi but only the Chairman Ambas Birigwa, had no right to call a delegates conference.
However, in a swift turn of events, it emerged that Birigwa’s Deputy for the Buganda region, Mr. Kibuuka Mukalazi had signed the notice calling for the delegates’ conference slated for today.
This prompted Lukwago who was one of the Katonga faction lawyers to dismiss this notice arguing that it was a forgery.
He said that on July 27, the day when Mukalazi apparently signed the notice, he was in a Nairobi hospital receiving treatment.
Lukwago said if the court were to admit this notice as permissible, it would have perpetuated an illegality.
Speaking to journalists after the court hearing yesterday, Birigwa said, Mukalazi can’t claim to be working on his behalf because he was present and never gave him the power to do so. END