FDC has only managed to front two candidates out of the six parliamentary seats Masaka district - Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo, the incumbent mayor of Masaka city who has been nominated for the Kimanya-Kabonera Division parliamentary seat, and Lydia Nalunkuuma who is running from the Masaka city Woman MP seat.
Joseph Ssezonga, the FDC general secretary for Greater Masaka sub-region, says they run short of candidates who would contest on the party ticket for the available parliamentary positions in the area. He, however, says they are considering rallying behind other opposition candidates for the positions where they haven’t fielded candidates.
Ssenzoga attributes the shortage of party candidates to the growing fear among people to identify with opposition political parties.
FDC did not find a suitable candidate to replace Kayemba on the position of Masaka city mayor. The party also failed to sponsor a candidate for the position of Masaka LC V chairperson.
However, Ssenzoga says this presents the party with an opportunity to better reorganize for the tough times ahead with a few committed people.
"What people have failed to understand is that change is not realized by many people, it can be realized by few people as long as they keep determined to do what they want, and as long as they know what they are going to do. Therefore, the fewer in fact the better because they get a bit more organized than very many people…those whoa are there and are pretending to be there, they eventually find themselves astray." Ssenzoga adds.
Bernard Mugenyi, one the FDC campaign coordinators in Masaka district, says they will identify other opposition candidates to support and eventually inform the top party leadership.
The nomination of parliamentary candidates kicked off this morning nationwide and will end tomorrow.