Opposition Democratic Party (DP) National Executive Committee (NEC) has opened up the processes of picking nominations and also rejected the call for postponement of the party’s Delegates Conference [DC] by the party’s parliamentary group.
The decision was informed by the fact that the party had already made several bookings and procured materials for the conference whose postponement would go for a penalty of 40 percent of what had already been paid.
According to the party road map, nomination of party leaders is slated for July 20 while the Delegates Conference commences July 23 to 26.
Addressing the press at the party headquarters in Kampala, the party president, Norbert Mao maintained that it would be irrelevant and unsound to postpone the Delegates Conference basing on complaints from only 8 districts out of 112 districts in the country where grassroots elections were conducted smoothly.
“To this effect, I will be holding meetings in the troubled districts of Masaka, Jinja, Luweero, Mbarara, Kampala Central, Kawempe South and Kawempe North constituencies so as to engage with party members and have the issues ironed out,” Mao said.
Mao called upon whoever wants to contest against him to use the period set to pick nominations and subsequently allow delegates to make their rightful choices.
Mao revealed that the party also revised nomination fees due to complaints by some members that the fees were high while the country’s economy is shaky.
He added that NEC also resolved to create about 15 new positions within the National Executive committee making a total of 55 positions which will be adopted as constitutional amendments by the delegates during DC.
“These positions include; new portfolios for Trade and industry, International Affairs, Agriculture, Elderly and the disabled, four slots for regional deputy secretary generals, incorporate the UYD and the Women league.”
Mao remarked that genuine talks between the current party leadership and the aggrieved party factions are ongoing and being chaired by Zaaka Olumu, with hope that they will yield substantive results.
“I want to emphasize that I am committed to genuine dialogue within the party but party organs must continue playing their role of making party decisions.”
The DP president warned members who would wish to join the Democratic Alliance on individual basis that the protocol made it difficult for such people advising them to participate in party leadership as the only route.
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“So, the body has been transferred to Mulago city mortuary for a postmortem report,” he added.
“It was established that this man died after one of the forty one illegal drug pellets he had swallowed burst in his stomach.”
The 41 pellets weigh half a kilogram of cocaine valued at 60,000USD once they have been received at their final destination.
He revealed that the deceased was a renowned drug trafficker.
“When people saw that the victim was circumcised, they concluded that he was a Sheikh. But we are doing research on this matter.”
Forensic pathologist and Acting Director for Police health services, Dr. Moses Byaruhanga revealed that the man in his forties could have swallowed the pellets in preparation for the flight to an unknown destination.
“Most drug dealers worldwide always use this tactic of swallowing pellets containing harmful drugs. This process is usually done when someone is in an unconscious state,” he noted.
“These people always ensure that they don’t take anything throughout the flight in order to avoid visiting toilets which makes them look malnourished at their destination,” Byaruhanga revealed
The body of deceased is being kept at Mulago city mortuary.