Other party leaders speak out of DP coalition

By Robert Segawa
Following the formation of DP Bloc which was sealed by signing the Memorandum of understanding between DP and three other opposition political parties on Thursday, several political players have reacted.

The Democratic party, Social Democratic party ( SDP) , People’s development party ( PDP ) and Truth for justice ( TJ ) leaders appended signatures on an MOU agreeing to work together to strengthen the Democratic Party to lead the cause of Regime change.

Recently the president of SDP Mike Mabike, the president of PDP, Abed Bwanika, Lubega Walter Mukaku of TJ among others announced that they were returning to the Democratic party to be part of it’s rebuilding.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at Hotel Africana in Kampala DP president Nobert Mao announced that DP was no more disunited .
At the function, PDP president Abed Bwanika and Kyadondo East member of Parliament Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi wine on top of calling for opposition unity attacked opposition player’s particularly the Forum for Democratic change ( FDC) and it’s former presidential candidate Col Dr Kiiza Besigye for working to undermine the opposition unity steering public debate.

The DP Bloc has since suggested the opposition election campaign strategy for 2021 dubbed “One to one model. On top of proposing to field a joint presidential opposition candidate against NRM, the strategy proposes opposition fielding joint candidate at parliamentary and local government levels depending on each parties strength.

Mukono Municipality MP, Hon Betty Nambooze, advised the opposition to desist from waging war against fellow opposition player’s and walk the talk of unity.

She urged the opposition not be diverted from the real enemy of democracy,who is Museveni and NRM and waste time in opposition in fighting.

Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda the opposition chief whip in parliament who doubles as FDC spokesperson, says FDC doesn’t have time to discuss the programs of other opposition player’s but they are concentrating on internal party programs intended at liberating the the country from dictatorship.

Meanwhile the NRM party spokesperson Roger’s Mulindwa disclosed that the opposition can attempt to form the coalition but at a certain point they will disagree

Mulindwa adds that the opposition is struggling to form a coalition against president Museveni and the NRM was a sign that individual players are weak to cause change.

He retaliated that as NRM they are just waiting for the right time to front their candidate and Ugandans will decide.

President of Justice Forum and MP Bugiri municipality, the opposition should stop labeling and smearing each other, but focus at United opposition which many Ugandans are yearning for.

He adds that it’s only United opposition which will deliver victory to Ugandans. He pledged that JEEMA will work with the DP block through constructive engagements along side other opposition player’s to achieve regime change.

The signing ceremony was among others attended by General Mugisha Muntu who is about to launch a new party Alliance for National transformation ( ANT), former DP president Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi who called for unity among the opposition.

DP launches strategy to dislodge Museveni

By Robert Segawa
Dubbed one on one strategy the Democratic party bloc today announced that it will be the platform to dislodge president Museveni in the next elections.

The strategy which clusters opposition political parties per their regional strength follows the research the party allegedly carried out recently concluding that it’s the only through way to dislodge Museveni from power.

At a press conference addressed by representatives of DP , PDP, SDP, justice forum at the DP headquarters this afternoon, the strategy was unveiled by DP spokesperson Kenneth Paul Kakande, Dr Abed Bwanika, Michael Mabike, Walter Samuel Lubega among others.

Last week the Democratic party president Nobert Mao introduced former DP members from PDP, SDP, justice forum under their new umbrella DP block.

Abed Bwanika explained that they will be able to field candidates in the regions depending on each parties strength. he noted that DP will filled candidate in Buganda, Acholi, Busoga, Sebei and parts of Westnile. He said FDC is fielding candidates in Kigezi, Ankole, Toro, Bunyoro and parts of Teso.

He further added that UPC is fielding candidates in Lango, Karamoja, and parts of north Eastern Teso. While Mugisha’s party will field candidates in westnile, And Rwenzori Subregion.

According to Bwanika, in area’s where the parties have fielded joint candidates performed well compared to area’s where all had separate candidate.

He announced effective next month the DP UYD reunions will resume with Jinja and Kampala on fast schedule, then proceed to other area’s of the country including Karamoja, before proceeding to the Diaspora in London, America and other area.

Mao blames Electoral commission for DP’s loss in Local council elections

The opposition  Democratic party has threatened legal action against the Electoral commission over the recently concluded LC 1 Elections.
DP President Nobert Mao says the Electoral commission illegally invalidated results of the DP Candidate who had won the recent LC 1 Elections at Luwum street Nakasero village, Salompasi Makivubo village and Katwe ii village.
speaking to the press this afternoon Nobert Mao is urging the Electoral commission to declare the rightfully elected DP candidates in Kampala or they go to court.
Mao says he is going to mobilize Members of parliament representing Democratic party in the Parliament to petition the speaker of parliament to compel the Electoral commission to recall LC 1 Chairmen who were illegally declared against the voters will.

Opposition displeased with EC decision to leave civil servants out of LC elections

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic party have expressed dismay over electoral commission’s move to halt all civil servants from participating in the forth coming local council election which they say, doesn’t only violates the laws of the country but also a sign of injustice.

While addressing the media  at the party headquarters  in Kampala, Nobert Mao the party president says that though the councils are important in national peace and security development but no to involve in civil servants who are to campaign on taxes of the nationals.

Mao has called upon all party members to get involved in the elections to over come what he called corrupt and fraudulent NRM cadres who have held these positions for almost 2 decades.
He says local council one letters are important in day to day daily activities , he asked Ugandans not to elect leaders who beat up their wives and those who cannot look after their families.

DP refutes NRM claims that opposition killed Abiriga

By Robert Segawa

The  opposition Democratic Party (DP),  has dismissed talks within the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and president Museveni for accusing the opposition for the gruesome murder of the Arua MP, Ibrahim Abiriga.

The NRM strong man was gunned down on Friday evening by unknown assassins on his way back home and this has since sparked off fear within the different leaders in NRM.

During a press briefing at DP offices the party President Nobert Mao says that the kind of talk by members of the NRM is cheap politics and should not continue because it will only cause an unhealthy debate in the country. .
Those with such talks are kind of people who don’t know the kind of contest we are in; obviously we launched the K’ogikwatako campaign from here, Abiriga was our political opponent, we disagreed strongly with his support for Article 102 amendment and even those who voted for amendment remain our political opponents but killing is not one of our method,” Mao said.

Mao said that from the on set, the Democratic Party is a non-violent organization which can’t inolve itself is killings and murders. “We have stated before that our organisition is a non-violent organization, so if tomorrow I am killed, will it be NRM? That kind of debate is extremely unhealthy and I call for maturity within the NRM, there is even no basis for us to be suspected,” Mao noted.

Museveni should address tax policy issues: Mao

By Segawa Robert

The Democratic Party President Norbert Mao has highlighted the key issues that should be tackled by Museveni  during the state of the nation address which is slated for this afternoon.

Among the issues Mao expects the president to tackle is the reconciliation bill that will be tabled so that most worried Ugandans can have the best avenue for forgiveness He adds  that  the tax policy  should also be reviewed  to favor all Ugandans.

In a weekly media briefing at city house, Mao said that the questions of land ownership through the land policy is should also be among the concerns Museveni should address. He adds that there should be should other ways of property ownership so as to cater for the urban poor in the slams.

Mao adds that the employment sector should exhibit  transparency by availing a balanced salaries and provide jobs on merit.

In the same press conference, Kalungu legislator Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu demands  that Museveni states his stand on Kaweesi murder and ongoing insecurity coupled with brutality.

Mao blames high sugar prices on corrupt government officials

By Robert Segawa
Democratic Party president Norbert Mao has accused the government of being behind the ongoing country wide hiked sugar prices. He says government officials are keeping sugar in their stores.
In a weekly press conference at the party headquarters in Kampala Mao has tasked  trade  Minister Amelia Kyambande to lead the opening of the sugar store campaigns as a short term solution. He adds that a  massive tax reform should be carried out to avoid recurrence of the shortage.
Mao observes that not only sugar prices have been hiked but also prices of other essential commodities like matooke, fuel, maize flour, and drugs which he  blames on high taxes imposed by the regime corrupt officials
It will be recalled that the minister last week announced the government’s directive to sugar manufacturers not to sell sugar beyond five thousand Ugandan shillings country wide.

Democratic Party decries the torture of suspects in Nalufenya

By Segawa Robert
Democratic Party (DP) has condemned the Police for torturing suspects in the killing of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
While addressing media at DP offices in Kampala Fred Mwesigwa, the DP Press Secretary  said it is wrong to torture suspects while in detention.
He questioned how Police could defend that the suspects were injured before arrest. He adds that they were paraded in court with fresh wounds while others were rotting.
Mwesigwa also warned security against turning Nalufenya into a torture center and advised them to transfer the center from Busoga to another part of the country.
To this, Mwesigwa called on security to follow guidance from International Law on Torture.
Mwesigwa asked Uganda Human Rights Commission to revisit Nalufenya Detention Center to monitor how secure the facility is.

DP’s Mao to join Ugandans to seek justice over sim card registration deadline

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic party says the order by the Uganda communication commission to disconnect all sim cards which are not registered using National IDs is not in good faith.

Party president Norbert Mao while addressing the journalists at their offices said that  UCC directive of sim card registration by national IDs  the time flame is too short, many registered but haven’t got theirs and many village people are facing much hardships to register.

Mao adds that national ID is not the only document to use and so they are going to join other Ugandans to seek for justice in court.

UCC gave 20th April 2017, to block all sim cards which are not registered.

DP to pay Shs500000 for every goal.

By Robert Segawa

Opposition Democratic Party (DP) in support of the Uganda Cranes Team has pledged to pay half a million shillings for every goal that shall be scored in AFCON.

“The party continues to congratulate the Uganda Cranes upon making it to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after a period of over 30 years,” said the party spokesperson, Kenneth Paul Kakande on Tuesday.

Kakande said that the party will continue to support the Cranes with all necessary support pledging that they will do more than the pledged Sh500, 000 for each goal scored as the game continues.

He has however condemned the failure by government through Uganda Broadcasting Cooperation to rely the tournament which is a great disappointment to the sports fraternity in the country.