KAMPALA – Democratic Party President General Norbert Mao has dissolved his alliance with three other political parties called the DP-block, citing irreconcilable differences.
DP, Social Democratic Party of Michael Mabikke, People’s Development Party of Dr Abed Bwanika and Truth and Justice pressure group of Lubega Mukaaku had allied in a bid to form a formidable force ahead of 2021 elections.
But Mr Mao told journalists on Tuesday, 04 August 2020, that the merger failed because some individuals were selfish and did not work for the interests of the block.
“So basically the DP-Block has collapsed, if it’s to stand, it has to be revived. DP-Block is not something you can take to the market for trading. Anybody who is going around saying DP-Block has decided, if you aim to contest for any position, it is not anywhere,” Mao said.
He added that they were sued by some DP members challenging the Memorandum of Understanding the three entities had signed.
However, Kenneth Paul Kakande, DP spokesperson who is also a senior member of the DP-Block, said the alliance is still in force.
“He is saying that because people moved away from him otherwise DP-Block is alive and kicking and we are going to sign an MoU with NUP and People Power to work together,” Kakande said.
He called upon all DP members who would like to participate in 2021, to go and seek the party ticket because according to him, there is no need for them to go anywhere else.
A fortnight ago, several DP members including MPs such as Medard Lubega Sseggona, Muwanga Kivumbi, Mathias Mpuuga and Florence Namayanja among others declared that they will be supporting National Unity Platform President, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu in the coming elections.
Mao said that the party leadership has decided that they will no longer comment on their members who have made personal decisions not to associate with DP. Mao said when one leaves the party, they stop being his responsibility.