FDC launches parallel Independence celebrations

Esther Namutamba

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) held parallel independence celebrations at their Najjanakumbi headquarters in what they say is the beginning of a tradition.

Uganda marked its 56th year of independence with celebrations in Kyotera with President Yoweri Museveni as the chief guest.

However, FDC leaders describe the official celebrations as a wasteful, spending spree.

FDC President Patrick Oboi Amuriat said the party’s decision to mark the national day at their headquarters is a deliberate step to delink the celebrations from the official celebrations led by the party in power National Resistance Movement (NRM).

Amuriat said that FDC wanted to disassociate itself from the uneven distribution of resources championed by the current government.

He also claimed that FDC plans to march to Kololo Independence Grounds in 2019 to mark October 9.

The tough talking FDC leader used the occasion to criticise the government for failing to deliver essential services to the citizens. Amuriat said that, “‘’Service delivery has collapsed, and there is deliberate attempt by government to levy fees on services from government hospitals because of people who are pursuing individual interest more than common interest.”

FDC party chairman Wasswa Birigwa urged all political actors in the country to unite in order to reignite and reclaim the spirit of independence that Uganda has lost.

Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ocan accused President Museveni of paying off youth to stop them voicing their discontent with his rule.

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