The Democratic Party (DP) is going to punish all its members who have been sabotaging party activities.
Speaking to the press at the party offices, the DP President General Mr. Norbert Mao said all the undisciplined members would face the wrath of the party’s disciplinary mechanisms.
“DP is not a violent party but various steps will be taken to thwart hooliganism. There is no room for hooliganism in DP,” said Mr. Mao. His warning comes two weeks after a group of youths attached the DP headquarters and destroyed property.
Mao, who has been off party politics for some time now, also lashed out at members of SUUBI, an offshoot of renegade members, branding them ‘fanatics that have open mouths but closed minds’ and saying they had caused chaos in the party.
“They claim to be DP but their actions are different; a party member must comply with party decisions. They rebelled against our decision,” Mao said before comparing SUUBI to Kabaka Yekka (KY), a chaotic political group of the 1960s.
He also wooed back disgruntled members, but hastened to say that only those that upheld party principles would be welcome.
Mao revealed that the party’s Constitution was amended making Uganda Young Democrats (UYD), DP’s youth wing, and a recognized party organ. “The UYD is under DP,” he noted. Many prominent leaders have passed through UYD and Mao himself was once a member of the UYD.
Speaking about running for presidency, Mao said that he is fit to run again since he has the experience. “I am still strong to lead the party; my level of understanding is so high compared to those (SUUBI),” he said.
The Democratic Party, the oldest political party, will hold its Delegates Conference tomorrowat Katomi Hotel, and one of the issues on the agenda is reconciliation and dialogue.