Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has distanced it’s self from working with General David Sejusa so long as he is still in the army. This was revealed today at the party’s head offices in Najanankumbi.
Speaking at the press release, the FDC National spokesperson, John Kikonyogo said that working with Sejjusa would be against the party’s principals that strongly barr army officers from participating in politics.
Kikonyogo said that the party is against the army participating in politics and FDC agreeing to talk to General Sejjusa would be in contradiction to the party’s core principals. “We want Nyakairima out of cabinet and allowing Gen.Sejjusa wouldn’t look good, it would be eating our own words,” said Kikonyogo.
The party spokesperson revealed that no one was barred from talking to Gen. Sejjusa on personal terms. He disclosed that for the FDC to meet the General for talks, he must first retire from the army. ”We don’t have any problem with it, let him get out of the army so that he participates in politics freely,” urged Kikonyogo. “No one has been stopped from talking to Gen. Sejjusa on personal terms but as a party we cannot.”
It was disclosed by the party spokesperson that the FDC party had instructed the Leader of Opposition in Parliament , Hon. Wafula Oguttu to follow up on the retirement requests by army officers. “We have to take those army officers who want to retire to be allowed. Why should someone be kept in the army against his will?” asked Kikonyogo.
About the current opposition5 pressure groups, Kikonyogo said that the FDC party was in support of their activities since they are pushing for various reforms in the country. “We are in terms with them (pressure groups) because they are putting pressure on government, we have no problem with that.”
Kikonyogo also revealed that the FDC party was not happy with the Electoral Commision for the way they have handled the voter registration exercise . The spokesperson said that time for verifying the contents of the register was not enough and that the EC should have extended the time.” They should have retained the 2006 register. They are using a register which was not rightly compiled,” Kikonyogo said. “By extracting data from the identity card register, they are forcing people who didn’t want to vote to be included. The 2006 register should not be discarded.’
These remarks were made after political analysts claimed that FDC was afraid of working with the General. General David Sejjusa has been visiting different political parties to discuss ways on how to form a single political force that would oust the NRM government out of power.