At the beginning of this month, several DP members including 10 legislators, defected to the National Unity Platform headed by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi. However, in places like Mukono, Kira, and Masaka, among others, it was reported that some DP leaders were trying to shield their former colleagues from the competition by discouraging party members from contesting against them.
On January 9th 2020, the DP President General, Norbert Mao issued guidelines on the party road map leading to the National Delegate’s Conference where he directed the sub-branch and branch executive committees be elected based on the party register.
The party had rolled out its 2021 General Election roadmap listing mass recruitment and registration of new members as the first activity, preceding grassroots elections. As part of the process, the party distributed registration books also known as the green books, to be used as voter registers.
According to a letter signed by John Nuwagira, the commissioner of police in- charge of operations, the reunion meeting has been approved, however, participants were barred from processions and uttering out political sentiments.