DP Extends Olive Branch to Independents Top story

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Fred Mukasa Mbidde, the DP Vice President, says the party cabinet has decided to extend an olive branch to party members who ran as independents across the country.

Democratic Party-DP has embarked on a mission to woo back all its members who contested as independent candidates in the just concluded elections to enhance its strength. The move contradicts earlier threats by the DP leadership to dismiss party members who contest against flag bearers.

In the runner up to the general elections, Norbert Mao, the DP president general warned party members to refrain from defying the directive. However, Fred Mukasa Mbidde, the DP Vice President, says the party cabinet has decided to extend an olive branch to party members who ran as independents across the country.

 
 
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He however, didn't disclose the terms of the reunion.  Issa Kikungwe, the former Democratic Party candidate for the Kampala Lord Mayoral seat has welcomed the move.
 

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However, the aggrieved DP members in the past insisted that there are issues the party ought to resolve before they return to the party. At the end of July last year, Lukwago formed the Truth and Justice Platform, a pressure group aimed at pushing for internal democracy within DP.

The group broke off from the mainstream DP during the National Delegates Conference that saw the incumbent president, Norbert Mao retain his seat. Latif Ssebagala the Kawempe North MP, told URN that depending on what the party brings to the table, he might consider engaging in the talks. 

Currently there are 15 MPs on the DP ticket. The party regained the same number of seats in the just concluded parliamentary elections. Two DP party members contested and won parliamentary seats as independents. They include Kato Lubwama, the Rubaga South MP and his Rubaga North counterpart Moses Kasibante.

 

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Annet Lekuru
Annet Lekuru is the Uganda Radio Network bureau chief for Arua. She is new in this post, assigned August 2016. However, she is no stranger to URN subcribers and readers.

Lekuru started her journalism career in 2011 with training from Radio Paris where she worked until April 2015. She started writing for URN in May 2015 as a freelance reporter.

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