Legislator Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda Contemplates Departure from FDC Amid Party Turmoil

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Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda, currently facing turmoil, is contemplating departing from his spokesperson role in the FDC (Forum for Democratic Change) and seeking an exit from the party. Nganda alleges that the FDC has been taken over by the Junta and its representatives, Nandala Mafabi and Patrick Amuriat Oboi.

Nganda expresses his inability to continue within a party that appears to be on a path of self-destruction, led by individuals who have chosen to serve the regime they had previously opposed.

Recently, Ssemuju was dismissed from his position as the party’s Chief Whip in Parliament by FDC leadership. The party cited his indiscipline and gross misconduct, which contradicted the party’s rules, as reasons for his removal. This decision followed internal party conflicts during which Ssemuju clashed with and criticized his superiors, leading to his dismissal by the FDC leadership based at Najjanakumbi.

His role as Chief Whip was subsequently assumed by Hon Yusuf Nsibambi, who has faced criticism from certain FDC faction leaders, although Nsibambi maintains that his objective in the role is to rescue the FDC party.

Ssemuju stated, “The problem is not just with the parties but with the country itself. If FDC cannot uphold the values its name stands for, the Forum for Democratic Change, then I don’t think I can continue to be a part of it.”

During an interview with NBS Television and the press in Kampala, Ssemuju shared his insights on the internal political disputes within his party.

Ssemuju, alongside Kampala City Mayor Erias Lukwago, has encountered challenges. The two politicians left the Democratic Party (DP) to join FDC, where they secured significant positions. However, these positions have been short-lived due to perceptions of their ambition or tendencies to overshadow others.

In their subsequent plans, the duo aimed to attain higher positions within FDC: Lukwago as FDC President and the party’s 2026 presidential flag bearer, while Ssemuju intended to become the Party’s Secretary General. Lukwago had been the FDC party’s Deputy President, and it’s speculated that this position was promised by Mzee Dr. Besigye.

However, their ambitions have led to disciplinary actions within the party. Today, additional summonses have been issued by the Secretary General, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, directed at Deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija, accusing him of abusing office and engaging in corruption.

Throughout their recent struggles within the FDC party, Ssemuju and Lukwago received support from the founding President of the Party, Mzee Dr. Kizza Besigye, who had a falling out with the Najjanakumbi faction of the party.

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