DP launches campaign to revive party structures, support

After years of bickering, members of Uganda’s oldest political party – the Democratic Party (DP) have agreed to bury the hatchet and work towards its revival.

The campaign is spearheaded by MPs Mathias Mpuuga (Masaka Municipality) and Butambala’s Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi who have for some time been opposed to Norbert Mao’s leadership the party.

Since last week, the MPs with other DP politicians who have been identifying themselves with the Truth and Justice pressure group have been traversing various districts to drum up support for the party.

They begun in Kira Municipality in Wakiso district, moved to Masaka, Kyotera, Bukomansimbi and Mpigi districts preaching unity among DP supporters.

The Democratic Party leaders have launched a plan to revive its leadership in Uganda and also rally more youths to support the party.

Muwanga Kivumbi addressing DP leaders in Bukomansimbi

“For DP to take power, we should first give ourselves a chance by stopping first of all rallying behind other political parties or politicians. We have previously backed Dr Kizza Besigye, Amama Mbabazi etc That chapter is now closed,” Muwanga Kivumbi said.

Kivumbi, Mpuuga and the entire Truth and Justice group have in the previous two presidential elections backed former FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye at the expense of DP’s presidential candidate.

In effect, this affected DP’s performance at both Parliamentary and Local government elections.

Former DP faction leader Samuel Walter Lubega Mukaaku (C) during the DP meet in Bukomansimbi. (L) is Bukomansimbi Woman MP Veronica Nanyondo

According to Kivumbi, if party members refocus their energies and move as a united front, the party’s show on the political scene will improve.

“We only need to identify good leaders who can take over from Museveni than rallying behind others,” Kivumbi said.

The national launch of the revival campaign that is going to take DP leaders across the country will be held on May 23 during the reunion fete for the party’s youth wing; Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) at Makerere University’s Rugby grounds.

DP spokesman Paul Kenneth Kakande, said, their new struggle will eventually change the course of leadership in DP.

“Our grandfathers fought for this country and what we have realized is to get hold onto what we have, we may seem having little resources but we will make sure that our voices reach everyone in this struggle,” Kakande said.

On his part, Mpuuga said that they have planned a series of activities that will run for a year to ensure that every youth is brought on board.

Mpuuga said reconciliation is the way for DP members, urging those who seem to be against the party’s unity to forget their misgivings and work for the greatness of the party.