Democratic Party (DP) members under their faction ‘DP Buganda’ have endorsed Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, to lead them as the party heads to 2016 general elections.
The group was supported by another splinter DP Parliamentary Group who believe Lukwago is fit to lead their Democratic Alliance.
Police blocks delegates meeting
Earlier in the morning, police blocked a delegates conference by DP at Hotel Bativa in Kampala dubbed ‘Shaping the road map ahead of 2016 polls’.
Police claims the party officials requested for permission to hold the conference at Hotel Equatorial only for them to change venue without notice.
DP Buganda Vice President, Sebuliba Mutumba, explained to police that the management of Equatorial Hotel had decided not to hold political gatherings hence the party had to resort to other venues.
With the intervention of Police operations commander, Felix Kaweesi, who allowed the meeting to proceed.
The faction, in their message called upon the party Executive to call off the party Delegates Conference scheduled for July 23-26, 2015.
The faction also endorsed Lukwago to lead a delegation of 120 members who will attend tomorrow’s executive meeting held at Pope Paul Memorial in Ndeeba.
They threatened to support Lukwago to represent DP in 2016 if the executive takes them for granted.
Mao swears in new leaders
Meanwhile, DP President, Norbert Mao has sworn in the new Masaka DP leadership.
Last week, Mao said swearing in the group would escalate internal divisions within the party.
During the ceremony, he promised that the party’s top leadership will convene on Tuesday to look into the members grievances.
According to KFM, a faction led by Bukoto East MP Florence Namayanja claims that the grassroots elections were marred by irregularities.
The elections held in April this year were organized by a group of Masaka DP Leaders led by the party’s legal adviser Fred Mukasa Mbidde in defiance of an order by Mathias Mpuga, the party Secretary General, stopping the elections.
Mao has now called for unity within the party ahead of next year’s general elections.