The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) faces a constitutional dilemma as Secretary-General Nandala Mafabi insists that the upcoming National Delegates Conference, scheduled for October 6, 2023, will proceed even without the Party Chairman’s involvement.
The current constitutional paradox within the FDC centers around the authority to convene a National Delegates Conference, which traditionally lies with the Party National Chairman.
However, the Secretary-General is determined to move forward with the conference.
According to Nandala Mafabi, the Secretary-General of the FDC, not holding the conference by October 7 would result in a leadership crisis, as the mandate of the current leadership at Najjanankumbi will have expired.
He emphasized that all levels of the party’s leadership, except for the top leadership, have already been renewed.
During the upcoming National Delegates Conference on October 6, the FDC plans to elect members of the National Executive Committee, including the National Chairman, who will subsequently preside over the conference on the same day.
The ongoing verbal dispute between the leadership at Najjanankumbi and the Katonga faction continues, with Nandala disputing claims regarding the land title of the party headquarters.
He asserted that, as the Party Secretary-General, he is in charge of the assets and liabilities of the Party. He challenged those who claim to have the land title of Najjanankumbi to provide a copy.
The October 6 National Delegates Conference was summoned by Toterebuka Bamwenda, the Party Electoral Commission boss, raising questions about its legality, as Chapter 7 of the FDC Constitution in Section 28 traditionally vests the power to convene and chair the National Delegates Conference in the National Chairman.