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Anti Mao DP Faction Protests Expulsion from DP

Democratic Party supporters loyal to Samuel Walter Lubega are protesting their expulsion from the party. Trouble started on Tuesday after Mukasa Mbidde, the DP legal Advisor issued a statement expelling all DP members who contested as independents in the 2011 February elections.

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Democratic Party supporters loyal to Samuel Walter Lubega are protesting their expulsion from the party. Trouble started on Tuesday after Mukasa Mbidde, the DP legal Advisor issued a statement expelling all DP members who contested as independents in the 2011 February elections.

In his letter Mbidde said that the DP national executive had resolved to expel all party members including Samuel Lubega, the former independent presidential candidate because they used their own symbols during the election contrary to the party constitution. Mbidde asked police not to allow the affected members to hold any meeting using DP symbols.

 

 

However, the decision has not gone down well with DP supporters loyal to Samuel Walter Lubega. In their crisis meeting held today at Tropic Inn Hotel over 20 DP members who contested as independents dismissed the statement as null and void. They argued that Mbidde’s statement lacks any legal merit. Joseph Kasirye, the secretary general of Lubega’s faction in Masaka said that Mbidde has not right to eject them from the party.

 

 

Kasirye explains that they decided to contest as independent as a result the flawed DP primary elections. He also said that they used different symbols other that of the party because high court delayed to pronounce itself of the disputed election Mathias Nsubuga, the embattled DP secretary general. He however says that since court nullified the election of Nsubuga they are planning to sue Electoral Commission for stopping them from using the party symbol.

 

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Ben Bukenya, the rival Masaka DP Chairman who also contested for district LC5 Chair as an independent has ruled out any reconciliation with Mao’s faction. He says that the decision by the Mao faction to expel them from the party shows that they want to destroy DP. Ignatius Malungu Loyola, another member of Lubega’s faction wants Mbidde investigated arguing that he been funded to destroy the party. Malungu says that he can not abide by the orders issued by the rival faction.

 

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Lubega’s group is expected to meet at Social Center in Masaka on Friday to study the court ruling that nullified Mao’s election.

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