KAMPALA – The Democratic Party (DP) bloc has launched a political framework that it says is a blueprint for changing the present political order in the country and urged other opposition parties to embrace it.
The DP bloc has dubbed the framework ‘Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)’, saying it provides details on how to end the NRM dominance in Uganda’s politics.
“For several months, the Democratic Party has been working tirelessly to develop a comprehensive framework for a united front to present a viable alternative to the failing State presided over by the NRM. That work is now complete and we wish to announce that we are ready to share this framework with other democracy seeking forces for discussion,” the DP bloc said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
“It is our expectation that we will agree on a Special Purpose Vehicle to lead the charge for democratic change in our country. Fortunately, the DP Bloc has a liberation plan that can form the basis of a coalition for change,” adds the statement signed by Mr Norbert Mao, Mr Michael Mabikke, Mr Abedi Bwanika and Mr Samuel Lubega.
DP is the country’s oldest political party and has recently incorporated two other parties to form the bloc. However, it is currently at loggerheads with FDC, which is the country’s strongest political party, over ideology.
But in the statement, they explained that Ugandans are now ready for a change which can only be brought if all opposition players unite.
“Through the SPV, we believe that we can coalesce into a common front that transcends our narrow confines and unleash the power of the people. Under a common banner, the contradictions within our ranks will be resolved in order to free us to resolve the primary contradiction between the Museveni regime and the Ugandan masses. Our unity will grow as we struggle for a common cause. Unity will be forged in the crucible of struggle. Our unity will also tap into the unprecedented surge in the political participation of young people,” DP added.
The opposition party added that the new framework uses non-violent means to cause change and that they will share it with other parties before launching it in October.
“From here, the leadership of the DP Bloc will present this framework of the Special Purpose Vehicle to other top political leaders from other formations who are no doubt aware of our plan to launch the SPV. In addition, we will present a detailed Discussion Paper on the things to take into account as we craft a formidable alternative to a dying regime. Intense closed-door consultations and discussions will follow to build harmony,” the statement added.