Democratic Party (DP) party president Norbert Mao has said Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga will attend the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) Alumni Assembly scheduled for May 23 at Makerere Rugby grounds.
Mr Mao said Mr Nelson Chamisa from Zimbabwe, Senator Hassan Omar from Kenya, Mr Fikile Mbalula from South Africa and Dr Paul Williams from United Kingdom have also confirmed their presence at the event, which is organised by the youth wing of the party.
“In solidarity with democracy seeking forces in Uganda, we have also invited leaders of political and civil society organization as well as all democracy seeking partners in Uganda,” he said during the party press conference in Kampala yesterday.
“We have also invited several members and leaders from other Ugandan political parties and many have confirmed while others have not yet. We assure the DP fraternity and the long suffering Ugandans that preparations for the grand reunion are now in full gear and there is no turning back,” he added.
He added that they hope police will respect the assembly and not block it like it has done for other opposition rallies.
Mr Mao said the summit is hoped to help revive the spirit of togetherness within, especially now that most of the members who were no longer active in party activities are at the fore front of organizing the event.
Mr Samuel Lubega, the chairman organising committee, said the assembly comes at a time when the NRM government is struggling to to protect the lives of Ugandans.
“This is evidenced by the rampant kidnaps and murder of Ugandans by organised gangs, often times reportedly abetted by government security agencies. The time is now for Ugandans to join hands one last time to bring forth a new dispensation that will give the country a new lease of life,” Mr Lubega said.