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DP-leaning Independents Unshaken by Dismissal Threats

Electoral Commission figures indicate that more than half of the nominated candidates running for parliamentary and local council positions are independents. There are 2000 nominated candidates across the country.
27 Jan 2016 17:39
DP President Norbert Mao
Independent candidates who were formerly aligned to the Democratic Party are unmoved  by a decision by the DP National Executive Committee to dismiss them from the party.

They instead fault the party for failing to deal with internal strife and grievances raised by its members during party primaries, leading to the formation of loose coalitions to promote their candidature.

Electoral Commission figures indicate that more than half of the nominated candidates running for parliamentary and local council positions are independents.  There are 2000 nominated candidates across the country.  

Kampala district alone has over 30 independents out of the close to 70 candidates vying for parliamentary and local council seats. Majority of these are former members of the Democratic Party who disagreed with the outcome of party primaries that were held to choose official flag bearers ahead of the February 18th general election.

Notable among the DP-leaning independents is Erias Lukwago, the incumbent Lord Mayor of Kampala who is tussling with another DP die-hard Issa Kikungwe. Others are Shifra Lukwago, vying for the Kampala Woman seat with Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, Latif Ssebaggala, contesting with Suleiman Kidandala in Kawempe North and Ssebuliba Mutumba facing a challenge from Daniel Ssali Konkomebbi in Kawempe South.

DP officially has ten candidates in the race to Parliament in Kampala district alone and a total of 35 candidates across the country. However, at least seven of the DP contenders in Kampala are facing competition from DP-leaning independents.

Yesterday DP President Norbert Mao says the party will summon all independent candidates to a disciplinary tribunal and those who fail to justify their action will be suspended for defying official party positions.

But Mbabazi Deogratius, speaking as a voice for Truth and Justice, a coalition of DP –leaning independents in Kampala Says Mao's statements are diversionary.  He says Mao and the National Executive Committee are seeking to divert the attention of independents from the campaign trail to their interests within the Democratic Party.

He adds that all independents were forced into the status as a result of anomalies within the party.

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