The Democratic Party (DP) has appointed, Peter Okot, the member of parliament representing Tochi county as it’s whip in the 11th Parliament.
This appointment came shortly after the National Unity Platform (NUP) a party with majority opposition members of Parliament selected the Leader of Opposition and the team he will work with in running opposition work.
Okot will be deputised by Richard Lumu of Mityana South.
According to the DP spokesperson, Okaler Opio Lo Amanu, the appointment was done during a meeting that took place between the parliamentary caucus and the party’s top management committee.
“In the meeting, the leadership of DP held a very fruitful discussion and shared expectations that the members of Parliament have of the leadership and the expectation the party leadership have of the MPs,”said Opio in a statement.
He noted that the choices of parliament leadership were made in a collegiate and consultative manner.
“In the exercise of the duty as president of the party, he [Norbert Mao] tabled the names of the team to lead the parliamentary caucus and after a frank debate we agreed that DP whip shall be Hon Peter Okot and he will be deputised by Hon Richard Lumu,”he said.
He noted that the meeting also discussed deployment of party MPs to various committees. DP has nine MPs in the 11th Parliament.
The main role of the whip is to ensure party discipline, including ensuring that MPs attend voting sessions when it comes to key decisions but also vote according to their party’s official position.
The party that had 15 members of Parliament in the 10th Parliament, lost at least 10 of these MPs to the National Unity Platform (NUP) under the leadership of Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.