Members of the Democratic Party (DP) Parliamentary caucus have come out to question the ongoing party leadership renewal process and irregular use of party funds by the current party leadership of Norbert Mao.
The team of fifteen members is accusing Mao’s leadership of failing to undertake the process of leadership renewal in a manner that follows party constitution.
The DP caucus members registered their dissatisfaction while addressing a press conference at Parliament.
These led by the DP whip Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu said the party members have been frustrated by the unexplained failure by Mao’s leadership to avail party cards and village registers.
The allege that the individuals from the party headquarters have undertaken their own activities of distributing personally sanctioned party registers outside the party procedures and have also gone ahead to distribute party cards without serial numbers to their supporters.
The party has suffered a lot of internal bickering and fights witnessed in a number of districts like Masaka, Wakiso, Mukono and Makindye due to a number of issues.
According to the party leadership, there are no funds to print cards and registers.
Ssewungu said DP receives Shs 370m from the Electoral Commission (EC) every quarter.
“The party president should come out and explain the party confusion in the issuance of party cards and distribution of village registers. The party should immediately make available funds to the office of party Organizing Secretary to enable him carry out his constitutional mandate as to do with party leadership renewal,” Ssewungu said.
“The party leadership should come out, explain and make available accountability for funds received Electoral Commission, borrowed from various sources, contributed by party members and generated from the party contributions,” the legislators demanded.
Ssewungu added that the party should embark on ensuring that the leadership renewal process is carried out transparently and reflects the will of party members as opposed to the wills of certain self -seekers in the party ranks.
As such they have asked the IGG to take interest in the matter and carry out investigations in the use of party funds.
“The Inspectorate of Government should take interest in the matters and carries out investigations in the issue of party funds,” Ssewungu noted.