Alfred Kasozi, the Deputy Secretary-General of CP told Uganda Radio Network –URN that they have been struggling for several months until they decided to close their Kampala and regional offices for the meantime as they source for possible funders.
Conservative Party (CP) has closed its
headquarters on Kisozi Complex citing lack of money to run party activities and rent.
Alfred Kasozi, the Deputy Secretary-General of CP told Uganda Radio Network –URN that
they have been struggling for several months until they decided to close their Kampala and regional offices for the meantime as they
source for possible funders.
Kasozi explains that they spend more than Shillings 20m monthly on rent for the party headquarters,
administrator’s allowances, political analyst, and other
activities. Kasozi says that they spend an estimated more than Shillings 240m every year.
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CP used to get €4000 (Shillings 16.5m shillings)
from Democratic Governance Facility – DGF and Shillings 48M from the Netherlands
Institute for Multiparty Party Democracy – NIMD when they had representation in parliament.
However, CP has not had a member of parliament for two terms, which mean that they cannot be members of the Interparty Organization for Dialogue
– IPOD to qualify for funding from
There has been also been a push and pull
situation between the government of Uganda and DGF something that has affected the funding of political parties and other non-governmental organizations.
To address the financial
challenges, CP is planning to start grass-root
mobilization as one of the mechanisms to raise funds and identify
new funders. This will come after the Central Executive Committee meeting
that will draw the full budget and lay down the strategies for raising the funds
CP is one of Uganda’s oldest political parties and has participated in various
presidential and parliamentary elections. The party has been running offices in Amuru, Arua, Mbale,
Rubirizi and Mukono among others.
Even though CP is financially constrained, Kasozi said they have joined other
opposition political parties under the Peoples Front for
Transition under the leadership of Dr. Kiiza Besigye. The new front was
launched Thursday at the Justice Forum
(JEEMA) headquarters in Mengo. If all goes on well, Kasozi hopes that they will have their National Delegates
Conference at the start of next year.
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About the General Elections
CP president Ken Lukyamuzi castigates January 14, 2021, general
election, which saw his party get no member of parliament
out of the two that contested on the
party ticket including him.
He describes the election as a sham, saying that it was controlled by the military and influenced by social media due to the absence of public advocacy, which he thinks would have informed people’s choice of
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Alfred Kasozi blames their poor performance on the National Unity Platform
(NUP) wave that swept across mainly in Buganda. The conservative party succeeded Kabaka Yekka, a Baganda political party
that operated directly after independence.
CP is one of the political parties that participated in the 1980 Ugandan
general elections but failed to win any parliamentary seat. The party has
been battling with factionalism during the early 2000s, majorly led by Mayanja Nkangi and former Makindye West MP, Nsubuga Nsambu. Internal woes continued
until 2005 when Nkangi officially stepped down for Ken Lukyamuzi to take