NEC Suspends Kidandala as DP Organising Secretary

According to Mao, Kidandala was suspended with immediate effect untill further notice and replaced with his deputy Shafik Dembe.
15 Feb 2020 13:07
Presidnet General Nobert Mao and Secretary General Gerald Blacks Siranda when offices were stormed Friday
The National Executive Committee-NEC of the Democratic Party has suspended the party Organising Secretary Suleiman Kidandala.

The decision was reached during an extra-ordinary NEC meeting held on Friday at the party headquarters at Mengo Balintuma Road.

The six hours meeting that started at 6:00pm and ended at 11:00pm had earlier in the day been disrupted by angry youth who accused NEC members of planning to sack Kidandala.

According to DP President General Norbert Mao, Kidandala was suspended with immediate effect until further notice and replaced with his deputy Shafik Dembe.

Kidandala who did not attend the meeting is accused of defying party directives and issuing contrary register books causing confusion that has affected implementation of the party roadmap. 

Kidandala had earlier distributed green books that Mao later recalled saying the genuine ones were white in colour and distributed at the headquarters. 

There was confusion as some registers were even recalled from areas of Wakiso and Mukono while some areas had not received registers something that also attracted petitions from Mukono, Wakiso, Masaka and some parts of Kampala.

Registration is the first activity on DP's roadmap ahead of 2021 elections. The members were meant to have started conducting elections at village and parish level.

According to Mao, NEC resolved that the Management Committee carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the road map and determine all pending petitions and report to the NEC.

NEC also directed leaders of the branch and sub-branches to adhere to the NEC directive and use the white registration and return forms that bear the party seal and deliver all registers and return forms to the party headquarters through the office of the Secretary-General.

The meeting also resolved that NEC takes over implementation of activities in Wakiso, Kampala and Mukono districts.

However, Kidandala says the resolutions of the meeting are not binding.

He says he will go on with party activities including distributing election materials. Kidandala also says he is still in touch with party leaders in districts who are seeking for materials to registration and elections.

The DP Constitution empowers the office of the party organising secretary to organise grassroots party elections, formulate party registers and supervise elections at all levels among other roles.

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