Kidandala cleared the DP faction led by the Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament, Betty Nambooze who is also the Mukono District Party Chairperson to hold grassroots elections from LC I to LC 3 chairpersons this Saturday.
The National Organizing Secretary of the Democratic Party-DP,
Sulaiman Kidandala has cleared another DP faction in Mukono district to conduct
parallel grassroots elections.
Kidandala cleared the DP faction led by the
Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament, Betty Nambooze who is also the Mukono
District Party Chairperson to hold grassroots elections from LC I to LC 3 chairpersons this Saturday.
This is parallel to the on-going polls cleared by the DP
Secretary General, Gerald Siranda. Kidandala’s decision has drawn protests from
the DP faction led by George Fred Kagimu, the Mayor of Mukono municipality, saying
the party primaries started in early January.
There has been unrest among DP
members in Mukono district since last year when Kagimu declared his intentions
to challenge Nambooze for the Mukono municipality parliamentary seat in the forthcoming elections.
The rivalry between the
two leaders split DP members in two rival factions. Peter Nsamba, the Spokesperson
of Kagimu’s faction, says the grassroots elections have reached the LC III
chairperson’s level. He says some party members ignored the party primaries and
have now started disorganising a peaceful exercise.
He also accuses
Nambooze’s faction of advancing the People’s government ideologies at the
expense of DP. According to Kagimu, the Mukono District DP party leadership was
dissolved and its powers assumed by the national secretary whose office is
monitoring the grassroots elections.
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Nambooze has dismissed
the earlier registration and elections, saying they were organised by self-centered
people who fear competition. She says the elections are intended to qualify
people who would keep the party president Norbert Mao in power.
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Sulaiman Kidandala, the DP National Organising Secretary,
says the elections overseen by the secretary general disregards party
constitution calling them null and void.
“Article 33 Section (e)
of the DP Constitution gives me powers to organise grassroots party elections,
formulate party registers and supervise elections at all levels among other
roles. This is what I am going on doing in every district of Uganda. If I am
wrong, then the constitution was wrongly written since it is my guide.”