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DP rolls out national recruitment strategy

By Andrew Ssenyonga

Added 30th January 2019 10:54 AM

The party publicity revealed that as the country gears for the upcoming general elections, it was necessary for party members to validate their membership and guard against infiltration.

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The party publicity revealed that as the country gears for the upcoming general elections, it was necessary for party members to validate their membership and guard against infiltration.

PIC: Fred Mwesigwa delivering the Democratic  Party  president general's speech at a weekly press conference at the party headquarters in Kampala on  January, 29,  2019. Photo by Wilfred Sanya

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Following the recent opposition political parties’ merger, the Democratic Party (DP) has rolled out a national party membership recruitment strategy aimed at strengthening the party.

According to the party deputy spokesperson, Fred Mwesigwa the initial phase will involve a massive registration of members using superior technology in a campaign to challenge the ruling party NRM during the fourth coming general elections.

“During the exercise the party will issue a unique smart membership card that will contain a member’s name, identity number and mobile phone number, making DP the first political party in Uganda’s history to use smart technology to recruit supporters,” he explained.
Mwesigwa made the revelation during the party’s weekly press conference on Tuesday in Kampala.

The party publicity revealed that as the country gears for the upcoming general elections, it was necessary for party members to validate their membership and guard against infiltration.

“We have been working round the clock and we are now ready for the campaigns. There will be many more activities happening in quick succession and culminating in the polls,” he said.

Among other strategies, Mwesigwa noted that they will hold reunion caravan in various regions of the country also aimed at civic education and re-emphasising the quest for change.

“The DP reunion caravan will cover 24 sub-regions of Uganda. The caravan is supposed to foster unity in the Democratic Party which has suffered from members breaking away to form rival parties or factions for several decades now,” he said.

He added that the country’s oldest political party has in the past years been blemished with differences and fights among party members which could partly be blamed for their failure to capture power despite having a strong support base.

“We need to be united before we reach the bridge and beyond it (bridge) is the new Uganda,” he said.

Mwesigwa urged members of DP and the general public to support the reunion and also turn up for every party activity. “Let us always turn up for the party activities and get ready to fight to bring an end to this regime,” he said.

He also noted that the party will regularly hold delegates conferences at sub regional, regional and country level.

Women league

Mwesigwa revealed that the party is set to hold countrywide women workshops starting February this year aimed at identifying women leaders to prepare for the general elections.

“We are calling upon district leaders to organise and mobilise the women for the workshops,” Mwesigwa said.

He noted that the gatherings will be held at regional and national levels.

According to Mwesigwa, the meetings will sensitise the women on their role in the politics of the country.

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