Mao said the NEC resolved to summon and commence disciplinary proceedings against all those who acted in defiance to its decision to suspend the leadership renewal process in the UYD.
“The National Executive Committee had to exercise its original jurisdiction under Article 79(c) of the party Constitution as the disciplinary organ of the party and to take all relevant actions.
Mao however noted that the NEC supports the reconciliation process being mediated by former party Dr. Paul Kawanga Ssemwogerere notwithstanding the disciplinary processes.
Mao said a group led by Kenneth Paul Kakande, Vincent Mayanja and Brenda Nabukenya, in defiance of the decisions of the party, decided to convene a meeting of handpicked delegates and purported to hold elections of UYD leaders thus disenfranchising and excluding the vast majority of UYD members.
“It is that action which has put them and their associates on a collision course with the party constitution hence the disciplinary proceedings,” he added.
Mao added that the question of the UYD was dealt with at a NEC meeting in Masaka soon after the 2011 general elections where it was decided that in line with the instructions of the National Delegates Conference, the UYD which is the youth organ of the party would be formally integrated into the party constitution and operate as a semiautonomous organization within the democratic party.
Seventeen UYD members have therefore been lined to face disciplinary action including Brenda Nabukenya, Sulaiman Kidandala and Kenneth Paul Kakande among other youthful members of the party.