Senior Democratic Party (DP) leaders have defended police for stopping a meeting organised by Betty Nambooze, the party's vice chairperson in Charge of Buganda region.
Nanbooze, also the Member of Parliament for Mukono Municipality, had on Friday convened a meeting for Buganda region at Nsambya Sharing Hall in Kampala.
Nambooze says the meeting among other things was to discuss the party wrangles including the fate of Norbert Mao,the DP president and his vice Fred Mukasa Mbidde who a section of leaders accuse of mismanaging the party.
However, police raided Nsambya Sharing Hall, the venue of the meeting and dispersed all party members that had turned up. Police also detained several party supporters including Nambooze.
On the same day, several DP leaders including Mao, Mbidde, and Masaka Woman MP Babrirye Kabanda among others trekked to Bukomansimbi to attend the thanksgiving ceremony of Bukomansimbi Woman MP Veronicah Nanyondo.
Nanyondo organised the ceremony at Kyabagoma village in Kibinge sub county. She also handed over one acre-piece of land to voters for construction of a health centre.
Speaking at the function, both Mao and Mbidde noted that Nambooze had organised the meeting illegally. Mbidde explained that under the DP constitution Nambooze is not allowed to convene any meeting under its name.
Mbidde warned that Nambooze and her group will be disciplined. The East African assembly legislator said they are documenting all those dividing the party to be dealt with accordingly.
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Mao denied mismanaging the party noting that those fighting him are fighting the party.
MP Ssempala Ssekigozi of Makindye Ssabagabo hailed Mao and Mbidde for stopping Nambooze's meeting. He pledged to support Mao and his leadership saying the prevailing challenges shall be addressed soon.
Ssekigozi also claimed that those fighting the top leadership are only attempting to discredit them.