Monday, April 24, 2006
In a move directly aimed at addressing rigging machinations and politicians playing upon voter's fear of violence, DP announced bold moves to equip itself with poll security ahead of the 2011 elections. At the end of a two day retreat that brought together warring factions, local and international leaders, DP's leaders summarized proposals to tackle burning issues in the party. A strong statement announcing training of party vigilantes provoked strong reaction from all corners of the political divide. These reactions forgot to note that DP's approach would remain lawful with the sole purpose of enforcing the laws on the books rather than a wholesale declaration of war on the government. Pictured left DP President Sebaana Kizito and DP National Chairman Prof. Joseph Mukiibi.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
DP President Sebaana Kizito returned home last week after a working visit to the United Kingdom. Completing his visit, he was hosted by the DP UK London branch where he briefed them on the last general elections and DP affairs in general. Addressing the disappointment with the poll results, President Sebaana Kizito pointed out that the final results did not reflect underlying DP support and its resurgence at the grassroots that benefited from his national campaign. In the last election DP candidates managed to collect 19% of all votes cast in parliamentary races yet they put up candidates in only 68 constituencies. It may be on of the bases for revitalizing proposals to switch to proportional representation in Parliament now that Uganda has entrenched a direct presidential election model.
Agnes Mayanja's election to Parliament unopposed was struck down by High Court Judge Richard Oscar Okumu Wengi, in favor of Sauda Namaggwa Mugerwa, a former diplomat. Mrs. Mugerwa completing her first term failed to submit her academic testimonials in time to the Electoral Commission a requirement for parliamentary nomination. The circumstances of this ruling are still being studied.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
DP President John Sebaana Kizito and DP Secretary General Richard Ottoo are in London for talks with the Conservative Party. John Sebaana Kizito arrived in London enroute from Madrid where he attended a World Mayor's Conference.