DP@62: The old man with tattered trousers or battered wife who stays in marriage?


Democratic Party President Norbert Mao

Journalists woke up on Friday with very creative and hilarious descriptions of one of Uganda’s oldest political parties-The Democratic Party [DP].

The party, formed out of the religious and economic demographics that began to model politics in Buganda prior to Uganda’s independence, is celebrating 62 years of existence today at Katabi grounds along Entebbe road.

The moderate conservative political party was led by Paul Ssemogerere for 25 years until his retirement in November 2005.

John Ssebaana Kizito replaced Ssemogerere, and led the party until February 2010, when Norbert Mao was elected party president.

In the general election of 18 February 2011, the party won 11 out of 238 elected seats.

In the presidential election of the same date Norbert Mao won 1.86% of the vote.

By June 2013, the party is represented by 15 seats in the parliament, after gaining additional seats from by-elections.

Speaking ahead of the 62nd anniversary celebrations, Mao said the party had done away with all internal divisions and survived throughout the time.

Mao says DP Buganda faction Benedicto Kagimu Mugumba Kiwanuka, the first prime minister of Uganda, laid Uganda’s foundation and was supposed to be the first president but colonialists sabotaged.

Mao insists there is a reason to celebrate the 62 years urging Ugandans to understand that it is not only people who won the elections that should have reason to celebrate.


NBS TV presenter Dalton Kaweesa on Friday described “DP as a party whose DNA is to help others get into power and play second fiddle”.

Kaweesa who was appearing on the “Media Round Table” concurred with another NBS TV presenter Mildred Tuhaise who laughed at DP for repeatedly saying “One day, we’ll take power”.

“DP is that battered wife who stays in a marriage, hoping things will change one day,” Tuhaise concluded.

According to former Urban TV news anchor Samson Kasumba who recently crossed to NBS, Uganda’s parties should also focus on educating the voters of tomorrow.

“They should go to schools and talk to these young children. It shouldn’t be about winning elections only,” he said.

Observer journalist Edris Kiggundu had this to say: “DP is that 62-year-old whose biggest achievement is a tattered trouser.”

He said DP should reflect on using another approach.

“When you are fighting a government that bribes voters, you cannot still be using the truth and justice approach.”

He added: “DP should search its soul and find another approach if they are to take on Museveni and his militaristic regime.”

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