Mao, who came fourth with 55,665 votes in the just concluded presidential elections, said they will focus on rebuilding the party after the disappointing and irregular elections. According to Mao, DP will embark on creating a new member's register to differentiate between party members and supporters and weed out those against the party.
The Democratic Party
(DP) has announced plans to overhaul its party structure in the country and diaspora
as part of the efforts to rebuild Uganda’s oldest opposition political party. The
DP President General, Norbert Mao disclosed the move at their weekly briefing
at the party secretariat on Tuesday.
Mao, who came fourth
with 55,665 votes in the just concluded presidential elections, said they will
focus on rebuilding the party after the disappointing and irregular
elections. According to Mao, DP will embark on creating a new member's register
to differentiate between party members and supporters and weed out those
against the party.
He also says that they
will work towards overhauling the administration of the party and the
administration by engaging young vibrant leaders and professionals to handle its
affairs. Mao also said they intend to conduct a post-election assessment to
look at the state of DP inside out alongside international partners.
He says they will assess
the state of DP branches all over the country to ascertain their functionality.
According to Mao, the party leadership intends to table the proposals before
the Management Committee, National Executive Committee (NEC) and National
Council for approval this week.
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On the just-concluded
presidential elections, Mao said the Electoral Commission just distributed the
poll results to candidates, which explains DP’s poor performance. He, however,
says the elections brought some tide that helped to remove some bad DP members
who wanted to dominate the party affairs.
He hailed those who
stood with the party and lost, saying they are not opportunists and ridiculed
those who left the party for betraying the principles in the party
constitution. At least 11 sitting members of parliament crossed from DP to the
National Unity Platform-NUP, Uganda’s youngest political party.
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Mao also disclosed that he held discussions with the Justice Forum (JEEMA),
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), which
proposed that the president as the chairperson of the Interparty Organization
for Dialogue (IPOD) convenes an extraordinary summit to discuss among others
the ongoing kidnaps, killings, malicious prosecutions and brutality towards the
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He also called for the
release of all the people arrested during the elections, adding that their
legal team will be on standby to help the victims to access justice. Mao
says that as DP they do support the petition challenge, President, Yoweri
Commenting on the botched alliance between NUP and DP, Mao blamed it on dishonesty
by some people, he accused of taking advantage of DP’s honesty.