We want to state categorically that we as a party have not received neither recorded any funds through the source that the Observer would like the public to believe.
By Rehema Nagujja
Opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change alias FDC has trashed Observer claims of the party being infiltrated by President Museveni.
On 2nd- June- 2021, The observer fronted their news paper with a headline alleging that FDC’ electoral cycle was being funded by General Museveni, the leader of the ruling party.
Through a press release on Thursday, FDC deputy spokesperson, John Kikonyogo said that they have never received funds from President Museveni.
“We want to state categorically that we as a party have not received neither recorded any funds through the source that the Observer would like the public to believe.”
“We are inclined to believe that the Observer newspaper source of information was either inaccurate or malicious or both and challenge the paper to reveal their source of information if for the sole purpose of putting the record straight.” He continued
He urgued that for the past years FDC has participated in all elections, it had been been prepared and there had been effective raising of funds inspite of all the legal, administrative and military deterrents constructed to undermine the party’s effective participation.
He added that all party decisions are made through the party organs which are management Committee, National Executive Committee, National Council and National Delegates Conference. It is up to the mentioned organs that the party gets to participate in any election, the level of the elections the party gets to participate in and the lines of financing that can be adopted.
” I wish to confirm that in the case of the 2021 elections, NEC in it’s varioy sittings authorized raising of funds for electioneering purposes through the following channels: Government funding for political parties under the political Organizations Act as amended, FDC has made annual returns of all it’s finances and sources to the Electoral Commission diligently and professionally, Members’ contribution, candidates contributions, well wishers donations, business community funding, Diaspora chapters donations, credit through institutions and individuals. We also accept donations in kind.” He disclosed
He adds that, it is not in their practice to disclose their funders because of the hostile political environment prevailing.
” We have a responsibility to protect our Well Wishers. FDC continues to survive and weather all hostile activities against the party, the leadership, the membership and supporters.”