Opposition Democratic Party (DP) has announced they will merge with two other opposition political parties in a move aimed at boosting their political influence ahead of the 2021 general elections.
The Party President General Norbert Mao made the announcement at DP’s offices in Kampala on Tuesday.
The political parties in the merger include; People’s Development Party of all time Presidential aspirant, Abed Bwanika and the Social Democratic Party of former Makindye legislator, Michael Mabike.
According to Mao, the merger is aimed at bringing the opposition together to challenge the National Resistance Movement in the next elections.
Mao said that the opposition has been losing previous elections due to disunity which the integration now intends to address.
As part of the integration process, Mao said the two parties will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with DP on their next meeting.
“We shall have another ceremony to formally sign another statement to put in ink our intentions,” Mao said.
PDP president, Abed Bwanika also said that only party integration can lead to change in Uganda.
“We have agreed that working together is the only option we have. Therefore, we must work together to deliver what the people of Uganda have been waiting for,” he said.
On how the parties will choose their flag bearer, Mao said that they are looking for a leader who will be able to provide short term steering into the new Uganda.
“The job description of a leader who can unify all of us, this leader must be someone who can spearhead a transition. The leader should be able to lead for a short time so we can reclaim the constitution and usher in the new Uganda.”
In preparation for the 2016 elections, parties came together under the The Democratic Alliance (TDA), which sought a sole candidate to outcompete NRM’s Yoweri Museveni.
However, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) would later pull out leaving the rest of the parties to choose former prime minister Patrick Amama Mbabazi, who became a distant third in the race, scoring a miserable 1.39 per cent.