Cooperation with NRM is costing our party – Lango leaders tell DP

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Cooperation with NRM is costing our party – Lango leaders tell DP
DP's Siranda (left) oversees the registration of members | Isaac Otwii

LIRA CITY | Concerns are rising within the Democratic Party (DP) as district chairpersons in the Lango Sub-region fear that the cooperation agreement between the DP president-general Norbert Mao and the ruling National Resistance Movement is diminishing the party’s grassroots support.

Local leaders from various districts have stated that the alliance, meant to enhance political stability and collaboration on national issues, is instead causing negative impacts at the local level, with perceptions that the DP is now part of the NRM

The leaders, while meeting a delegation of the party secretariat in Lira City, argue that the agreement has demoralized the party’s rank and file, with many questioning the long-term strategy and integrity of the leadership.

Isaac Odyek, the Democratic Party chairperson for Apac District, says the agreement has led to an exodus of supporters who have either engaged from active participation or switched allegiance to other political entities.

“People are saying you see the DP President has already joined the NRM. One day, the NRM spokesperson for Lango was hosted on a local radio station here, and he was saying the party had so many strategies of demobilizing other political parties,” says Odyek

Paska Grace Ogwang, the regional chairperson, says this has been coupled with the thin activities that the party has conducted in the region since the 2021 general elections.

“We learned that out of the structure we have, others have gone to other political parties because of our delay. Therefore, the chairperson alone can not recruit or register the whole district. We should recruit people at the village level if possible to recruit more members,” says Mrs Ogwang.

The concerns from the district chairpersons come amidst discussions within the party about its direction and strategies to reactivate its grassroots structures.

However, Party Secretary General Dr Gerald Siranda has defended the agreement, insisting that it is a pragmatic approach to achieving a peaceful leadership transition in the country.

“We have told members that if there are those who had run away from the party, they should allow them to come back through the party processes. But there is nobody bigger than the party. What we are doing will give us the results that we want,” said the party secretary general, Dr. Siranda.

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