The President of the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD), the youth wing of opposition party, Democratic Party (DP), Brenda Nabukenya has accused the party’s top leaders of misusing the party’s funds and failing to give accountability to the effect.
While appearing on Top radio on Friday evening, Nabukenya reiterated that the party’s President General Nobert Mao, Vice President General Mukasa Mbidde and Secretary General Siranda manage affairs of the party like their personal homes since they no longer follow the constitution.
According to Nabukenya, the party leadership is by law mandated to account for the funds they receive through the Electoral Commission under the Political Party Organisations Act. The amount of money depends on the number of legislators a party has in the house.
“DP has 15 members of parliament, every member remits Shs 40m per year and that is Shs 600m annually. In four years that is about Shs 2b. This is the first time DP has received consolidated funds. Our Constitution provides for the sitting of the national council at least twice a year in which such accountability is unveiled to the members but it has ever sat in the five years of Mao’s leadership,” Nabukenya noted.
She said money from the consolidated fund has a well structured procedure of how it is spent and failure to follow it can even lead to the suppression of the party by government due to failure to properly utilise the taxpayer’s money. She says the party is faced with a leadership crisis.
For Example, Mao announced some time back that he will stand for the position of President and he has been going on with consultations in that regard. A person who will be the party’s flag bearer is elected in the delegates conference which is yet to take place, how did he know that he will win?, don’t you see that there is a problem?
On party positions like the Secretary General, national Chairman and others whose occupants have served in acting capacity for more than a year, Nabukenya says Mao deliberately refused to organise due process to have them filled.
“It is very dangerous to keeping working with individuals in Acting Capacity for long. There is a reason why the Late Mathias Nsubuga was elected Secretary General and Siranda his Deputy. Whole at Nsubuga’s burial, Mao asked to wait for a year before elections to replace him are held but up to now nothing has been done,” Nabukenya said.
“The constitution provides that when a leadership position falls vacant, the party convenes the National Council not Delegates Conference to fill the positions. The framers of the constitution knew that such a situation will happen and for Mao to disregard it implies that he has failed,” she added.
Nabukenya said Mao should be sincere enough and tell the Public that there is over Shs 250 m from the Electoral Commission which was allegedly withdrawn from EC by one of the top leaders with the knowledge of the President General.
“Mao was shocked when he reached EC and he was told that the money was already withdrawn by one of his own. These are the facts he should tell the public, instead attacking us” she said.
Last week, a group of party members including Joseph Ssewungu, Muwanga Kivumbi and Medard Ssegona threatened to drag Mao to the Inspectorate of Government to investigate how he utilised the party funds. Mao told Top Television them that the claims are false and whoever alleges must prove.
On allegations that they are fighting Mao on tribal lines, the soft spoken former lawmaker said that those are excuses Mao has always fronted whenever he is tasked to account for the money.
“That is how he has always behaved whenever we asked to move our party along the constitution line as well as giving us accountability.Dp was built on truth and justice and so we need to be an example. When you ask Mao why we don’t and MP in Western Uganda and why are doing so bad there, he says now the Baganda are up to fight me. We are asking genuine questions and we need answers,” Nabukenya said.
“That is the only tool he has to blackmail us but the truth is we have always supported him and always go to his area and carry out party activities. We have been together until we saw that he has done enough,” she added.
She says all the disagreements rotate on the a leadership question within the party which slipped off the constitution and now doing his own things.
“For Example, Mao announced some time back that he will stand for the position of President and he has been going on with consultations in that regard. A person who will be the party’s flag bearer is elected in the delegates conference which is yet to take place, how did he know that he will win?, don’t you see that there is a problem?” asked Nabukenya.
Meanwhile, Democratic Party us to hold its Delegates Conference next month on 28 from Gulu in Northern Uganda and Nabukenya has already expressed intentions to stand against Mao.