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Masaka DP Members Turn Against Nobert Mao

Squabbles among party members escalated last month when a section of members of the DP National Executive Committee suspended Betty Nambooze Bakireke, hitherto, the party Vice President for Buganda Region, for three months for allegedly splitting the party.
Senior DP member John Kawanga addressing party members as MP Babirye Kabanda and Florence Namayanja look on.

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A group of Democratic Party supporters, loyal to party President Norbert Mao, has turned against him, reversing an initial decision to endorse the suspension of party Vice President Betty Nambooze.

Squabbles among party members escalated last month when a section of members of the DP National Executive Committee suspended Betty Nambooze Bakireke, hitherto, the party Vice President for Buganda Region,  for three months for allegedly splitting the party.

The decision, taken by a group led by Norbert Mao, received vast support among party members in Masaka region. These include area legislators Mary Babirye Kabanda and Florence Namayanja, among others.  However, the group has since changed goalposts.

Masaka district MP Mary Babirye Kabanda told Uganda Radio Network that at least 200 DP members that convened a meeting at Mariana Gardens in Kyabakuza over the weekend resolved to invite Nambooze to listen to her position.

Kabanda says they want to accord audience to all party members with pending disciplinary issues.  Kabanda further notes that members resolved to stop involving police and soldiers in resolving internal party conflicts.

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Similarly, Former Democratic Party Vice President John Kawanga accuses DP leaders of being selfish. He says that top DP Leaders are using their positions for selfish interests disregarding the views of ordinary party members.

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The latest development comes in the wake of escalating wrangles within Democratic Party which have seen two meetings organized in Masaka last month and Luweero at the weekend foiled by police.

The party is now characterized by wrangles and factions. One faction is led by Norbert Mao, deputized by Fred Mukasa Mbidde while the other is championed by MPs Betty Nambooze, Mathias Mpuuga and Medard Lubega Seggona

Last month, a crusade organized in Masaka to discuss escalating DP wrangles ended in chaos as police clashed with party members. Organizers of the crusade led by MP Mathias Mpuuga of Masaka municipality, Betty Nambooze and Medard Lubega Seggona were all arrested alongside other party members.

Norbert Mao, the DP president accuses Nambooze and her team of plotting for his impeachment on tribal grounds.  He claims that from the onset, Nambooze has been rebellious against his leadership because he is not a Muganda. This claim has been flatly rejected by Nambooze and her group as empty talk.