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DP Rebels Skeptical Over Ongoing Reconciliation Talks

However, some of the rebel DP supporters are still doubtful that the meetings will resolve their grievances. Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP has welcomed the meetings but says he is yet to take them seriously.
Mp Mathias Mpuuga warns DP Over Party Wrangles

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DP members who defied the party and contested as independents in the previous polls are skeptical on the commitment of the party leadership to resolve internal wrangles through the ongoing national reconciliation. Some of the affected DP politicians are Erias Lukwago, the Kampala City Lord Mayor, Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP and Sam Lubega, a former presidential candidate amongst others.

 

These politicians defied the party leadership afterMathias Nsubuga, the Democratic Party secretary general and legal advisor Fred Mukasa Mbidde announced that some of seats would not be open from primary elections saying they already had strong candidates. Some of the constituencies that were ring fenced included the Masaka Municipality Parliamentary and LC5 seats. The secretariat went ahead and declared John Kawanga and Charles Muyimba Sonko as Masaka Municipality MP and LC 5 candidates respectively.

This angered many prospective candidates who went ahead and contested as independents, which left the party divided. Early this year, the DP leadership launched a campaign for national reconciliation ahead of the 2016 polls. At the weekend DP officials led by their party president Norbert Mao, Mathias Msubuga, the Secretary General and vice president John Kawanga among other party top leaders convened another meeting in Masaka to resolve the party wrangles. The DP officials encouraged the members to return back and build their party.

However, some of the rebel DP supporters are still doubtful that the meetings will resolve their grievances. Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP has welcomed the meetings but says he is yet to take them seriously. According to Mpuuga, he feels the DP leaders are not committed to walking the talk. Mpuuga argues that apart from convening meetings and talking about reconciliation, there is no serious conflict resolution taking place.

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Raphael Kiseka, the Kalungu District Speaker says he has lost trust in the DP leadership. Kiseka says that appealed to Mao and Mathias Nsubuga to try to intervene and stop Emmanuel Musoke, the Kalungu LC5 Chairperson, also a DP supporter from fighting him in vain.

 

According to Kiseka, since he petitioned the party leadership last year, nothing has been done. Kiseka says the failure by DP leadership to reconcile him and Musoke means they can’t do much to resolve party wrangles. Susan Namaganda, the Bukomansimbi district woman MP says DP stands to lose more in the coming elections should the party fail to resolve the wrangles as soon as possible, DP stands to lose many more positions in 2016.

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Kato Lubwama, one of the DP supporters in Kampala pushing for reconciliation says they have registered some progress.  He says they are now trying to address rumor mongering in the party, which is fueling the wrangles. Mathias Nsubuga, the DP Party Secretary General says they are eyeing at least 80 Parliamentary seats in the 2016 polls.

  

 

 

 

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