“…The Hon. Jaberi Bidandi Ssali officially ceased many years ago to not only be the party leader but also an active member. The Party is therefore not bound by his independent personal views or comments,” Gayira told a press conference at the PPP offices in Ntinda today.
Comments made by Former Presidential
candidate Jaberi Bidandi Ssali, about Bobi Wine’s capacity to lead Uganda, were
a misrepresentation of the position and interests of the Peoples Progressive
Party. This is according to the current leadership of the party which Bidandi
Ssali started after leaving the government close to 20 years ago.
Bidandi was recently quoted
saying that it will be a joke for the Kyadondo East Legislator Robert
Kyagulanyi, to think that he can become president of Uganda. The statement was received
bitterly by members of the opposition.
But PPP vice-chairperson Saddam
Gayira says that the statement was manipulated and misrepresented by the
interviewer. He, however, hastened to add that Ugandans should not take Bidandi's
personal comments on the politics of the country as the official position of
“…The Hon. Jaberi Bidandi Ssali
officially ceased many years ago to not only be the party leader but also an
active member. The Party is therefore not bounds by his independent personal
views or comments,” Gayira told a press conference at the PPP offices in Ntinda
Gayira added that Bidandi, who couldn’t
personally come out to clarify the matter, had expressed regret for having been
represented as a leader who tried to despise others, a position which does not
reflect his beliefs all through his 50-year political career.
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Gayira said that the national
Executive Committee and council of the party made a resolution to associate and
collaborate with forces of Change, and that their position in the forthcoming
election will be based on the fact that 80 per cent of its members are young
people who continue to suffer under the status quo.
In another press statement by
PPP, Gayira told journalists that the people's progressive party is holding talks
with major opposition groups to conclude whether they can align their
support with one of the already established candidates for the 2021 presidential race.
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Meanwhile the PPP head of women
league in Buganda region Martha Nnakku together with the party Youth League
Head Lynette Nanyonjo expressed concern on the matter of the proposed digital
campaigns suggested by the electoral commission.
They think it's aimed at blocking
many of the women and youth who are the majority in Uganda's population from
taking part in deciding who their next leaders should be.