members in Rakai district have decided to defy the directives of the National
Executive Committee-NEC on the procedures of conducting grassroots elections.
On Friday last week, the
DP National Executive Committee convened an extra-ordinary meeting, which resolved
to suspend the National Organizing Secretary, Sulaiman Kadandala for defying
the party roadmap, which has plunged the grassroots polls in chaos.
In his subsequent
communication, the DP President, General Norbert Mao also said they had
resolved to halts the all election processes instituted by Kidandala and
accordingly recalled all the polling materials that had been dispatched to branches
across the country.
However, one Tuesday,
the Rakai District DP Executive Committee convened where members resolved to
disregard the directives from NEC. They resolved to proceed with updating their
lower leadership units using materials issued by the suspended Organizing
Dick Ssebbowa, the Rakai District Mobilisation Secretary, says the top party
organ acted on selfish grounds and machinations, which led to an illogical
decision that endangers the party values. He says they cannot
accept unfounded emotions to override party interests and values, adding that
they will proceed with the election materials issued by Kidandala, which they
presume to be genuine.
//Cue in: “DP ky’ekibiina….
Cue out; ….badidde mu bigere.”//
Ibrahim Denis Ssetuba, the Kibona Parish DP Chairperson in Rakai Town council,
says they cannot give up on a process that intends to strengthen the party.
According to Ssetuba, they were not convinced with the reasons upon, which NEC
based its decision to suspend the organizing secretary.
Jimmy Ssemuguzi, the Kiziba Sub county DP chairperson explains that besides
making pronouncements halting the election process, the party didn’t provide
them fresh election materials.
He argues that they are left with no option but to carry on with the process as
planned, saying that cannot allow the members morale to fade just because of
wrangling at the party headquarters.
//Cue in: “nze Muwonge Paul…
Cue out; ….Sulaiman Kidandala.”//
Eriabu Kiggundu, the Rakai
District DP chairperson has notes that they have agreed to mobilise their
membership at the lower levels to disregard the squabbles in the top party
leadership and proceed with the planned elections.
He explains that they will
proceed with the elections of sub county, constituency and district party
leaders and prepare for the national delegates conference.
//Cue in: “olwa leero….
Cue out; …..tukwate obuyinza.”//
The DP President General, Norbert Mao has cautioned members against
participating in parallel grassroots elections in disregard of the decision by
the NEC, saying such results will not be respected by the party.
to Mao, the decision by NEC to suspend the grassroots election is an interim
measure to restore sanity.