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The Democratic Party DP has completed the purchase of a plot of land on which to construct party headquarters and plans to revive its newspaper The Citizen. The 0.78 hectares land is located on Kabaka Anjagala road in Rubaga. The land cost DP 200 million shillings which was paid off in installments. It is private mailo land. The revelations were made by Issa Kikungwe, the DP treasurer general during the partys national delegates conference on Saturday.
Issa Kikungwe delivering his 5 year report to DP

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The Democratic Party (DP) has completed the purchase of a plot of land on which to construct party headquarters and plans to revive its newspaper The Citizen.

The 0.78 hectares land is located on Kabaka Anjagala road in Rubaga. The land cost DP 200 million shillings which was paid off in installments. It is private mailo land.

The revelations were made by Issa Kikungwe, the DP treasurer general during the party\'s national delegates conference on Saturday.

The delegates conference is being held at Katomi Kingdom Resort in Entebbe.

While delivering his financial report, Kikungwe said DP plans to build a new party complex on the land. The complex will also have rooms to let to increase the party\'s revenue base.

The complex will be called Benedicto Kiwanuka House, after the party\'s late leader. Kiwanuka, independent Uganda\'s first Prime Minister, led DP from 1958 until his murder in 1972. Kiwanuka was responsible for expanding DP\'s support from its core central Uganda support to other regions.

Kikungwe further revealed that DP plans to revive The Citizen newspaper.

Kikungwe said it would be possible to revive The Citizen because DP had purchased a full colour printer. The printer cost the party 300 million shillings. 250 million shillings was paid out of the 471 million shillings DP received under government\'s support to political parties.

The printer is currently stationed at Nasser Road to provide secretarial services to the public. Kikungwe said the printer is expected to earn the party 10 million shillings a month.

//Cue in: ‘This printing press…

Cue out: …to another level.// Isa Kikungwe on printing press

The same printer will also be used for printing campaign posters and documents for the party members who wish to participate in the forthcoming general election in 2016.

Other funding sources for the party include the monthly remittance of 200, 000 shillings each from the 15 members of the DP parliamentary caucus .

A significant contribution to DP coffers came from Institute of Multi-Party Democracy (IPOD). IPOD which contributed 112 million to DP. DP received 50 million shillings from Deepening Democracy.

Over the last five years, DP President General Norbert Mao managed to mobilise 1.18 billion shillings for the party. The party, however, spent 1.69 billion shillings. The party only has 15 million shillings on the party\'s account. 

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