Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) says it supports and is ready to work with the National Unity Platform (NUP) in the 11th parliament under the leadership of Mathias Mpuuga.
Last week on May 28, NUP announced Mpuuga as the Leader of Opposition (LoP) replacing FDC's Betty Aol Acan whose party no longer has the majority opposition seats in parliament.
There had been reports on different media platforms indicating that FDC as a party is not planning to work with NUP during its term as the main opposition party in parliament. FDC deputy spokesperson John Kikonyogo, the party will be working with NUP to drive issues that affect the country.
Kikonyogo referred to as indiciplined party members who have continued to make their own personal political statements about NUP and make them look like the party position.
Kikonyogo went ahead to congratulate the party members that were appointed on the different committees and all the opposition members that were listed on different committees.
Upon his appointment as LoP, Mpuuga is expected to name his shadow cabinet with whom he will be working to keep government business under check.
Kikonyogo advises that as NUP considers appointing other FDC members onto its shadow cabinet, it would be better if it consults with the party before appointing members. He, however, notes that either way, FDC will not hesitate to work with the other opposition though they might have differences in the specific strategy of achieving certain goals.
"We congratulate the leadership of the opposition in parliament, and we hope they will do a good job that constitutional and as FDC, we're willing to help whenever we're called to make sure that we succeed in our aspirations of changing of this government. We don't have time to fight secondary wars, we have all the time to fight the common enemy and we shall do that to the latter. Nothing is going to prevent us from that. We may have differences in strategy and tactics those ones we'll discuss them individually." said Kikonyogo.
FDC MPs summoned
Meanwhile, FDC is summoning its MPs to explain why they defied the party position by failing to vote for their own during the speakership elections. Kikonyogo indicates that the party held several discussions with its MPs prior to the speakership elections emphasizing their position.
He also says that the party constitution is clear on the matter and all the party members are expected to observe it. Kikonyogo says that after hearing out the reasoning of their MPs as to why they acted contrary to the party instructions, they will consider several issues before taking action.
He says that some members are still new and they need a second chance when it comes to disciplinary measures while those members who may have deliberately decided to act contrary to the party position will be handled differently.
"Their decisions should be in sync with the aspirations of the party. That too we shall discuss, we have our own way of doing things at FDC headquarters and we move forward. This was a small issue which is now behind us," added Kikonyogo.
FDC had two candidates in the speakership race; Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda for speaker and the Mawokota South MP, Yusuf Nsibambi for deputy speaker.
Both candidates lost to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) however, the magnitude of Ssemujju's loss was fueled by their own party members.
Ssemujju garnered 15 votes despite the party having 37 MPs yet Yusuf Nsibambi, the Mawokota South MP, who stood for deputy speaker got 35 votes.