TOP Democratic Party (DP) officials have contested the suspension of Justine Ssendikadiwa.
On Tuesday, the partyâ€™s deputy chairperson for Kampala, Vincent Mayanja, announced that DP had suspended Ssendikadiwa for defying the partyâ€™s orders to step down in the Rubaga LC3 byelections.
Ssendikadiwa is running as an independent candidate against the official party candidate, Moses Makumbi.
In a press release dated April 22, members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) insisted that Mayanjaâ€™s announcement could not be enforced.
â€œWe wish to inform the general public that this matter has not come before the NEC,â€ they said.
The release was signed by the partyâ€™s deputy national organising secretary, John Tusiime, the NEC member for eastern region, Simon Peter Ocheing, for western region, Abwori Kobwemi, and the NEC national youth secretary, Paul Luyombya.
Addressing journalists yesterday, Ssendikadiwa said the suspension was Mayanjaâ€™s personal opinion.
â€œThe matter has to be decided by the NEC or the partyâ€™s disciplinary committee,â€ he said.
Ssendikadiwa stressed that he would not quit the race until the NEC handled the matter.
â€œI fear our party is growing weaker because of individuals. We need a new leadership,â€ he said.
He advised party leaders to organise a delegateâ€™s conference to elect new leaders.
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