DP plots to reclaim lost glory in Masaka ahead of 2026 polls

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DP plots to reclaim lost glory in Masaka ahead of 2026 polls
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Amid turmoil within the National Unity Platform (NUP), the Democratic Party (DP) members in greater Masaka have embarked on a revival effort to prepare for the upcoming 2026 elections.

DP members from ten districts and Masaka City, led by the party's national treasurer and former Masaka District woman representative, Mary Babirye Kabanda, convened at the Tropic Inn Hotel in Masaka City to strategize and rejuvenate the party's efforts.

In a meeting attended by district executive Ccuncil leaders and other DP leaders, the attendees expressed renewed enthusiasm and solidarity, chanting DP slogans to signify the party's resilience and determination to contest various seats in 2026.

"The storm and wind that was blowing is gone," declared Hon. Mary Babbirye Kabanda, urging DP members to move past their challenges.

She referenced the defection of Hon. Norbert Mao to President Museveni’s camp, emphasizing that it’s time to focus on the future.

"We must forget all that happened and know that we are ready to face the elections with strength and unity," Kabanda added.

She also announced plans to re-register DP members in the Greater Masaka region, warning that only registered DP members would participate in the party’s plans for gaining power.

"On July, 3, 2024, the whole world will see what the DP is striving to achieve at the grand rally in Masaka." she stated.

In a departure from the internal conflicts seen in other political parties, Kabanda and her colleagues encouraged open dialogue within the DP.

"If any member feels dissatisfied, we advise them to voice their concerns openly rather than fighting from outside this is the only way we will keep our party in political service." she said.

Addressing rumors about her political future, Kabanda confirmed her intent to contest again, dismissing speculation about joining another party.

"Every party is urging me to join them, but I remain committed to the DP." She clarified.

Other notable DP leaders echoed Kabanda's sentiments. Dick Lukyamuzi, former chairman of the Buddu constituency and a representative in the DP upper house, urged members to abandon despair and rally together.

"It is time for DP members to stop mourning. We are ready to return, especially our leaders at various levels in Greater Masaka." Lukyamuzzi affirmed, noting that some leaders hesitate to rejoin due to fears of losing their current positions.

The meeting concluded with a renewed sense of purpose and unity among DP members, setting the stage for an active and competitive presence in the 2026 elections.

The Democratic Party’s message was clear: despite past challenges, the DP remains a formidable force committed to Uganda’s political landscape.

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