FDC party member, Mr Justus Henry Kiiza, has vowed to stand as an independent candidate for the Central Division chairperson seat in Masindi Municipality over claims of lack of democracy in the party.
His announcement came after losing the party flag to the party’s general secretary, Mr Isaac Bongomin in the primary elections that were held in Masindi town recently.
Mr Kiiza who polled one vote against Mr Bongomin’s 14 votes says the 15 people who voted in the party primaries cannot decide for the entire party members.
A youthful Mr Kiiza from Bulyasojo cell also accused his rival and other party leaders of purportedly trying to lock young party members out of the party leadership positions on grounds that the latter sacrificed greatly for it.
Mr Kiiza who said that he had printed his campaign posters in FDC colours and emblem said that he will soon reveal his next move before telling his supporters that he will stand in the forthcoming 2021 general elections for the Central Division chairmanship on an independent ticket.
However, Mr Bongomin who is also the Central Division male councillor for Kijura Ward dismissed Mr Kiiza’s claims as false and consolatory after losing the poll insisting that the elections were free and fair.
The councillor adds that Mr Kiiza allegedly made a concession speech after the elections refuting claims that Mr Kiiza was denied the party flag because of being new there.
In the same vein, Mr Augustus Bigirwenkya, the party’s district general secretary dismissed Mr Kiiza’s allegations saying both candidates were accorded equal treatment during the elections.
He said it is Mr Kiiza’s right to stand as an independent candidate though it is against the party’s spirit.
Mr Bigirwenkya also announced members who will represent the party on different seats in the 2021 polls.
He said that FDC party has this time registered more people vying for different seats in the district citing one contesting for the district chairmanship in its history.