Forum for Democratic Youth League (FDCYL) is set to hold elections for new leaders in September, three months ahead of the expiry of their mandate in January.
Although the term for the current youth leaders expires in January next year, the party’s Electoral Commission and the FDCYL have agreed that elections be held on September 18.
Speaking to the press at the party headquarters in Kampala, the FDCYL spokesperson Mr. Meddy Mbentyo Junior said all party youth leaders agreed to cut short their terms to pave way for others to take over. “The move is aimed at giving others an opportunity to lead,” Mbentyo said.
He commended the outgoing youth cabinet for their selflessness. “The mindset change and spirit for someone to leave power and say let’s give someone a chance, that’s an achievement,” he noted.
Mbentyo also lauded the youth leaders for the achievements registered during their time in office. “We have won many guild seats and the FDC youths are united,” he added.
He called upon all FDC youth members to participate in the election exercise stressing that “FDC isn’t a one man party and all qualified members are free to contest.”
Picking of nomination forms ends on August 28 and grass root elections are expected to commence on September 18.
Meanwhile, the FDC youth leaders are going to hold a consultative delegates conference this month. The three day event will commence between August 16 and 18 will be held under the theme: “the Uganda we want, the role of the youths.”
According to Mr Mbentyo, they have invited FDC youth district chairpersons, vice chairpersons and over 20 representatives from institutions and universities.
He added that the times of the National Resistance Movement dominating youth leadership positions are over. “That’s intoxication by the NRM; we are now here. This is for all of us.”
The youths will also hold a procession on August 17 from Kireka to Railway Grounds in Bweyogerere where they will be addressed by senior FDC members.