Feuding MPs mess up DP elections


Susan Namaganda(L) represents Bukomansimbi County on the DP ticket.


Bukomansimbi district Democratic Party-DP officials are split over the grassroots party elections.

Early this month, the DP National Executive Committee issued a roadmap for the election of all office bearers ahead of the 2016 polls.

According to the road map, the grassroots elections were scheduled to start on April 26th with the village structure officials onward to the National Delegates’ Conference slated for 18th-21st June.

However, the grassroots elections have split Bukomansimbi constituency and District party officials on who is mandated to conduct the polls.

It all started after Deogratias Kiyingi, the Bukomansimbi constituency MP used his office as District party chairperson to secure forms from the DP secretariat and conduct elections on April 20th.

This didn’t go down well with Suzan Namaganda, the Bukomansimbi District Woman MP and constituency officials.

They opposed the polls as unlawful saying they were not conducted in conformity with the Democratic Party Constitution.

The officials are organizing to conduct fresh grassroots polls.

Felix Lubwama, one of the party officials accuses Kiyingi of holding the polls without making thorough consultations with the concerned party offices.

He accuses the MP of using his office to handpick lower party leaders based on his selfish political interests.

Lubwama says they have called for the DP District Executive Committee meeting to design a roadmap for the grassroots structure polls.

He blames the current mess on the lack of cohesion between the two MPs.

Deogratias Kiyingi, the Bukomansimbi constituency MP couldn’t be reached for comment as he is reportedly outside the country.

But his personal assistant Lawrence Mukasa insists that, they conducted the grassroots polls in accordance with the road map issued by the party leadership.

Namaganda, the Bukomansimbi district woman MP says the poll results can’t be taken as genuine since all stakeholders were not involved in the exercise.

She urges the factions to come together and conduct fresh elections which all people will accept.


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