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Committee of the Democratic Party has okayed a resolution seeking to replace
Former Masaka Woman Member of Parliament Mary Babirye Kabanda as the party’s Treasurer if she
refuses to sign money to undertake party activities.
Mugerwa Kasule, the Deputy Secretary General last week issued a notice
indicating that the party was to hold a National Executive Committee-NEC
meeting on October 1st.
among others has to sign for funds that will be used in the organization of the
meeting. However, in a letter dated September 15, Kabanda said she was unable
to sign for the release of the money because the processes through which such authorization
is arrived at are not followed.
“I wish to
further note that both the party financial and long-standing
practice provides that the Finance Committee be always convened to consider the
financial portfolio and priority requirements for the party before any
allocation of what is available is effected…we are all aware that party
finances are public resources subject to audit under the leadership Code Act,
Political and Other Organization Act and the Party’s Delegates Conference; and
in the absence of allocation minutes, from the National Finance Committee and
further in light of the correspondence of the National Legal Advisor and as the
lawful in charge of the party finances and the principal signatory on the party
accounts, I decline to approve any requisition or append my signature on any
withdraw slip and cheques as requested,” Kabanda’s letter reads in part.
Kabanda said that the finance committee which she chairs with other members
including; all heads of departments, the DP chairperson, the
President, the Secretary-General, deputy treasury, heads of the youth, and
women leagues; will be sitting and probably resolve the impasse.
out… is even illegal,”//
However, DP spokesperson Okoler Opio Lo Amanu said the party will not allow
Kabanda to halt its activities hiding behind procedures that have no place in
the party constitution. “There is no law that says that the finance
committee must sit to appropriate. The National Executive Committee will
sit and if she refuses to sign, we have already written to the bank and the paperwork is going on to have the deputy sign.
He added, "that’s a simple thing because
the party activities cannot be put on halt because of the party's
inability or unwillingness to perform her duties. As management
committee, we sat and passed a resolution that she should be relieved
of her duties until she is ready to perform them,” Opio said.
our laws state…
explained that it is even disingenuous for Kabanda to refuse to sign for funds
for other party activities yet she signed for the payment of a bank loan in
which she had an interest. Opio explained that DP party headquarters
at Balntuma Road were purchased on a loan secured in the name of
approached its bank which is Centenary Bank to give it a loan to buy
the property but the bank refused and said they are not secure
to lend political party money. They advised that the party identify a
person who should get the loan in his or her name but at the back of our minds when we know it’s the party paying. So, Babirye was the treasury
they agreed and let her get the loan. The party has been paying money to
her and then she pays the bank. So because the bank has been demanding
her, it has been in her interest to bank the cheque. She shouldn’t
have banked the 152million Shillings for the loan but
she banked that one because it suits her interest but when it came to
other party activities, she brings about all manner of excuses,” Opio
other party activities that are yet to be funded, Opio said they were supposed
to hold a training last Friday which was to cost the party nine
million Shillings, then a retreat for the management
committee members which is going to take place this weekend at a
cost of eight million Shillings and the National Executive Committee which
is budgeted for 30million Shillings. The meeting was supposed to
take place in Fort Portal City but has been shifted to Kampala.
were saying that we were running away from Kampala but we want to
show them that we can hold any party organ meeting anywhere in Uganda.
Now, we have decided to hold it in Kampala and we see what will happen,”
that contrary to what Kabanda is saying, the National Council can’t take place
before NEC meets because it is the latter that sets the agenda for the former.
The National Council is comprised of all the 52 members of NEC, the
parliamentary group that includes all people who contested for
parliamentary seats on the DP ticket and the DP district chaperons.
again blocking. //
tension erupted in DP after Norbert Mao, its President General signed a
cooperation agreement with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his National
Among the clauses in the agreement, included
the appointment of Mao as the minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
and also NRM supporting the election of Gerald Siranda, the DP secretary
general as a member of the East African Legislative Assembly. In the NEC
meeting scheduled for next week, the cooperation agreement is one of the items
to be discussed.