Friday June 20 2014

Intrigue is eating up DP, says Mao

By Yahudu Kitunzi

Mbale- The Democratic Party (DP) president, Mr Norbert Mao, has accused his predecessors of undermining his leadership.

Mr Mao, who was addressing DP youth leaders and district chairpersons from 34 districts that form the eastern block, in Mbale Town at the weekend also said intrigue and disunity is eating up the party.

He said there is need for a collective effort to revamp the party.

“Some former party leaders have started lecturing me about the leadership of the party yet they failed to build party structures during their tenure. This infighting attitude within the party is a disgrace and cannot propel us to prosperity. We must end this and unite in order to succeed,” Mr Mao said.

The DP leadership had converged in Mbale to discuss policies, opportunities for sustainable development, rebuilding party structures and identifying a potential candidate to take on the DP mantle come 2016 presidential elections, including all local council levels.

Mr Mao also disclosed that DP has received funds from Netherland Institute of Political Guidance to fund the national delegate’s conference which is long overdue, saying the party is financially handicapped and is currently depending on donor funds.

Mr Deo Njori Hasubi, the DP policy analyst, said the campaign to introduce employment policy is DP’s strategic plan aimed at improving employment in the country if they took power in the 2016 presidential election.

“We therefore need to cooperate and iron out internal conflicts in the party where our leaders have failed. We should step in and reunite the members,” Mr Hasubi said.