A fortnight ago, several DP members including MPs such as Medard Lubega Sseggona, Muwanga Kivumbi, Mathias Mpuuga, and Florence Namayanja among others declared that they will be supporting National Unity Platform President, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu in the coming elections.
Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party President has said that the
DP-Block is dead and therefore can’t enter into any alliance with any political
Speaking on Tuesday at City House, Mao said whoever is purporting
to be in any political discussion with anybody claiming to be DP-Block is an
impostor who should be disregarded.
DP-Block brings together three political parties and one pressure
group whose founders have ever been part of the mother party.
The three include DP itself, Social Democratic Party of Michael
Mabikke, People’s Development Party of Dr Abed Bwanika and Truth and Justice
pressure group of Lubega Mukaaku.
Mao added that they were supposed to merge the three political parties
but due to problems based on ambitions of some of the players, the process did
not take place. He also adds that they were sued by some DP members challenging
the Memorandum of Understanding the three entities had signed.
“So basically the DP-Block has collapsed if it’s to stand it has
to be revived. DP-Block is not something you can take to the market for
trading. Anybody who is going around saying DP-Block has decided if you aim to
contest for any position, it is not anywhere. Those who have believed in
DP-Block it means DP and the chief spokesperson is the President. So, don’t
listen to anybody on matters concerning DP-Block,” Mao said.
He called upon all DP members who would like to participate in 2021,
to go and seek the party ticket because according to him, there is no need for
them to go anywhere else.
A fortnight ago, several DP
members including MPs such as Medard Lubega Sseggona, Muwanga Kivumbi, Mathias
Mpuuga, and Florence Namayanja among others declared that they will be
supporting National Unity Platform President, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu in the
Efforts to speak to Bwanika or Mabikke were fruitless as their
known telephone contacts were unavailable, by press time.
However, Kenneth Paul Kakande, DP spokesperson who is also a
senior member of the DP-Block said that Mao is just soar gripping.
“He is saying that because people moved away from him otherwise
DP-Block is alive and kicking and we are going to sign an MOU with NUP and
People Power to work together. What’s a Political Party without People? Those
of us speaking now was elected in the same delegates’ conference as himself. So
we can substantially speak for the party,” Kakande said.
Meanwhile, Mao said that the party leadership has decided that
they will no longer comment on their members who have made personal decisions
not to associate with DP. Mao said when one leaves the party, they stop being
“I think we are giving them a lot of unnecessary publicity by
talking about them,” Mao said. In other news, DP will hold its National
Executive Committee next week, in which they will agree on the dates of the
delegates’ conference. Mao said, tentatively, they have agreed that the party
will hold 22 delegates’ conferences in all the regions of the country albeit
This is aimed at ensuring that they respect the ministry of health
guidelines on public meetings. The main event will take place in Gulu but in
other regions, the delegates will follow the proceedings using zoom technology.
They too will participate in electing the party leaders.