Secretary General Gerald Siranda says it is the cardinal role of every DP Member to keep recruiting members and building the party. Moreover, according to Siranda, Kyotera is an appropriate branch to lead the revival, seeing as the district did win 2 parliamentary seats and several LCV councilor seats.
Leaders The Democratic Party-DP in Kyotera district have conceived a plan that should culminate into the rebirth of Uganda's oldest political party which is fading so steadily tat some fear it could die out altogether in the foreseeable future.
The DP suffered major defections of senior leaders in the run-up to the elections that saw the country's youngest party, capturing most parliamentary seats in the opposition, with many of the successful elects being recent DP defectors.
With many of the party's grassroots structures disintegrated by the so-called NUP wave, DP leaders in Kyotera have embarked on the processes of reorganizing their members through calling for reconciliation meetings, evaluating their mistakes, challenges and performance in this year’s general elections.
In the parliamentary elections held on January 14th, DP won only three parliamentary seats in the greater Masaka sub region down from the seven MPs the party won in the 2016 elections. The three seats are for Kyotera district Woman MP, Kyotera County constituency and Bukoto Central constituency.
Leonad Mutebi, the DP Chairperson for Lwankoni Sub county, says despite the underlying administrative challenges the party’s top leadership is faced with, they have chosen to begin on the long process of reviving their party structures such that they can regain strength and carry on its legacy.
He says they intend to use Kyotera district as the rebirth place of the party’s glory, and that they want the same efforts replicated in other parts of the country, where the party was weakened.
According to Mutebi, they are building on the few leaders holding lower party structures, who remained behind after the recent massive defection of their members into the National Unity Platform-NUP.
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Godfrey Muwuluzi, the DP Treasure for Kyotera district indicates that their approach is to restore hope among the remaining party members as well as persuading defectors back, as party of the strategy to broaden their support base.
He says historical significance of the Democratic Party and values it stands for makes the party worthy for them as leaders to preserve and eventually pass it over to generations ahead.
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Although not expressly initiated by the DP Headquarters, the party national leadership is in fully support of the Kyotera declaration. Secretary General Gerald Siranda says it is the cardinal role of every DP Member to keep recruiting members and building the party. Moreover, according to Siranda, Kyotera is an appropriate branch to lead the revival, seeing as the district did win 2 parliamentary seats and several LCV councilor seats.
National party spokesperson Opio Okaler also says the Kyotera misson is welcome, seeing as it comes after the frustratingly mismanaged general elections.
Mary Babirye Kabanda, the DP National Treasurer and member of the party’s top governing organ says that they welcome all efforts that intend to reawaken the party and building it stronger.
According to her, the DP National Executive Council is committed to support all efforts aimed at rebuilding the party and support it recover from the shock of defections, saying they are also working out a program of rolling out similar campaigns across the country.
The DP was founded in 1954 as a response to the blatant religious discrimination against section of the society, and in 1961, won the country's first general election under the leadership of its then president general, Benedicto Kiwanuka. Two decades later, Kiwanuka's successor Paulo Ssemogerere led the DP to te disputed 1980 general election which resulted into war as many accused former President Milton Obote's UPC of stealing DP's victory. When Ssemogerere retired he was retired, he was succeeded by Sebaana Kizito, who was later succeeded by Norbert Mao.