The Democratic Party is entangled
in yet another row, following the endorsement of a parallel leadership
structure in Bukomansimbi district by Party president Nobert Mao.
The Party president administered
the oath for another set of party leaders on Friday, discarding the structures inaugurated by
the former party’s Acting National Organizing Secretary Shafick Ddembe.
The new leaders include Bukomansimbi
South MP Deogratius Kiyingi as DP District Executive Committee chairperson,
deputized by Joseph Muyanja, Pamela Namuyanja as Women leader, Edward Ssekyondwa
as Treasurer, Isaac Lwanga as Organizing Secretary, and Muhammad Matovu Kigongo
as Publicity Secretary, among others.
The others are the DP
constituency executive committees, chaired by Felix Lubwama and Holix Yiga
Muwonge for Bukomansimbi South and North Counties respectively. However, their
swearing-in has been protested by some party members, arguing that new
leadership structure was erroneously created by self-seekers whose interest is
to confuse the party.
Norah Eva Birimukatonda, who was
also earlier elected and sworn in as DP chairperson for Bukomansimbi district
contends that their counterparts were not duly elected by the party members,
arguing that these are a parallel structure of self-appointed leaders with
She argues that some of the
sworn-in leaders were defeated in the party grass root elections, while others
deliberately stayed away from the process despite being notified in advance. She
adds that with such a background, the same group cannot come up to claim any
leadership position in the Democratic Party.
According to her, unlike in the
other parts of the country, the current divisions in the party had not
descended to split the fold in Bukomansimbi wondering how a clique of
self-seekers duped the party president to swear them in as genuine leaders. Birumukatonda
insists that she has the genuine party leadership structure spanning all
levels, vowing that they will continue with their mobilization exercise and
candidates’ identification process in total disregard of the new team.
Veronica Nanyondo, the
Bukomansimbi Woman MP who was earlier sworn in as DP district woman leader says
they will not recognize the new leadership structure instituted on Friday.
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Fred Ssekumba, another DP leader
in Bukomansimbi argues that the party’s district and constituency committees
were dully constituted in July in a process overseen by the National Deputy
Organizing Secretary Shafick Ddembe who had been assigned by the DP National
Executive Committee to carry out the exercise.
“Our elections were conducted in the open and
the party’s National Organizing Secretary accordingly went back with returns to
the party headquarters. It’s now that we get to know of another structure being
created and secretly sworn in,” he noted.
Joseph Ssengooba, the DP revival Organizing
Secretary for Bukomansimbi, argues that their counterparts could only appeal
against the earlier constituted leadership other than instigating confusion in
the party through what he describes as sham processes. He adds that some of the
people in the new leadership structure are known NRM mobilizers who have never defected
to the opposition.
However, while swearing in the
new leadership on Friday, DP President Nobert Mao noted that the party will not
by cowed by dissidents whom he says are just misguided.