Factions have broken out amongst Democratic Party members in Masaka district.
The members are divided over the ongoing grassroots elections for district delegates.
A faction led by Bukoto East Member of Parliament, Florence Namayanja, is protesting a decision by the party’s district chairman, Fred Mukasa Mbidde, who left them out of the elections.
On Sunday, Mbidde held a meeting at Garden Courts hotel in Masaka and conducted elections for party delegates.
Namayanja also held a parallel meeting at her home in Kitenga village where she accused Mbidde of violating the constitution.
By conducting the elections, Mbidde was defying a directive by the Party Secretary General, Mathias Nsubuga, who wrote to him postponing the district executive elections in Masaka.
Nsubuga based on complaints lodged by Namayanja who accused Mbidde of rigging the election to favour those who wished in power.
In her petition, Namayanja accused Mbidde of bribing the delegates and organizing the same elections where he was a candidate.
Mbidde, Namayanja and Hamza Sebbagala were contesting for the Party District Chairman’s seat.
Evelyn Walimbwa, the National Democratic Party Vice Chairman says she never got any directive stopping the election.
Mbidde who won the election with 35 votes against Hamza Sebbagala’s 5 votes says the directive did not apply to them.
“The letter doesn’t apply to us,” Mbidde boasted after winning the poll.
Namayanja’s supporters on other hand were left wondering whether Mbidde ever went to school.
“We are doubting whether he (Mbidde) went to a school of law,” charged a DP member.
“First of all,” he continued, “the district executive did not sit to plan the delegates conference. Secondly, the SG had altered those elections.”
Mbidde claims that they “followed the DP constitution to the letter”.
Mbidde doubles as the Chief Legal Advisor of the Democratic Party, (DP), a member of the Pan African Lawyers Union and the Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court Coalition).
He is an elected member of the 3rd East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), representing the Republic of Uganda.