The Democratic party (DP) president general, Norbert Mao, has said that cooperation for the larger good of the nation has been a cornerstone of their approach as a party.
Addressing the media, Mao stated that as a party, they denounce the politics of unwarranted confrontation and negativism.
“We believe that in a multi-party democracy likes ours, constructive dialogue, consultation and cooperation between the ruling and opposition parties is not only desirable but essential,”Mao told the media in Kampala.
He noted that it has become all the more necessary since several major national issues confronting Uganda today cannot be effectively addressed without evolving a broad platform of national consensus.
He said some of the issues that call for national consensus are: constitutional and electoral reforms; the relations between the central government and the building blocks that make Uganda; population policy; empowerment of women; regional border disputes; environmental protection among others.
He said as DP, they are committed to building consultative mechanisms and procedures in parliament.
“We shall actively seek the views, suggestions and, wherever feasible, participation of citizens and organisations outside the sphere of politics,”he said.
He said NRM has totally neglected in the past three and a half decades the need to build a responsible citizenry.
“Democracy is not only about rights, but also about responsibilities and duties. However, since we the leaders ourselves have thrown our responsibilities to the wind and turned statecraft into crass commerce and politics into an unscrupulous power game, the average Ugandan has naturally became cynical and indifferent about politics,”he said.