The Democratic Party (DP) is set to mark 60 years of existence in Uganda.
The Party currently under the leadership of Norbert Mao is the second oldest party in Africa, the first being the African National Congress in South Africa
DP was formed in 1954 and it was led by Paul Kawanga Ssemwogerere for 25 years until his retirement in 2005. John Ssebaana Kizito then took over from Ssemwogerere until February 2010 when Mao was elected Party President.
Mathias Nsubuga the party secretary general says celebrations to mark the 60 years are going to kick off on the 1st of March and climax on the 6th October this year.
He states that on the 1st of March 1962, the DP being under the leadership of Benedicto Kiwanuka was declared the first Prime Minister of Uganda by the colonialist.
The party plans to move upcountry and hold symposiums in different parts of the country and launch a commemorative book detailing the history of the Democratic Party.
Mao who joined the party in 1988 as a youth says they are making a one and a half hour documentary and a radio magazine telling the story of the party. The party will also appreciate and recognized past and present leaders who have contributed to the existence of good governance in Uganda.
The party is concentrated in the central region of Uganda and currently has 15 members of Parliament majority of whom are from Buganda region.
Latif Sebagala MP Kawempe North says it’s time for DP to mobilise strongly and win more seats in Parliament since they have failed to take over Presidency.