People’s Progressive Party, national secretary mobilization David Alira address journalists in Bukoto Friday March 29th, 2019.

By Uganda Vanguard

BUKOTO – People’s Progressive Party Identify (PPP) is identifying candidates for 2021 general elections with hopes to win the polls from President Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) that has been in power for over three decades. The President has been cleared by his party as a sole candidate for presidential election.

“We are working with all committees down to prepare the candidates and they are nominated. There have been cases of opposition candidates not being nominated and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) goes through unopposed,” said Wambuzi Peterson, the national secretary mobilization, PPP.

We want all parties to have candidates in all elective positions instead of the current inflight among the opposition, Wambuzi told journalists at the party office in Bukoto Friday, March 29th, 2019. Asked if the party has a presidential candidate, Wanbuzi said the decision will be done by the delegates’ conference soon.

Also addressed by Sadam Gayira, spokesperson and Samuel Akol chairperson Kumi district, the PPP leaders called for calm among the opposition.

People’s Progressive Party, national secretary mobilization David Alira, left, with Spokesperson Sadam Kayira, right, address journalists in Bukoto Friday March 29th, 2019.

“It is of a national concern that political parties that must be bedrock for sustainable national leadership have been engrossed in a rather ceaseless and protracted bickering that unfortunately disadvantages us. As we move into the coming elections, People’s Progressive Party regrets with utmost concern the uncalled for bickering going on amongst leaders, more especially those in the opposition,” he said.

Wambuzi further explained, “The bickering and exchange of words that is being exhibited at this critical time does not only disadvantage us, but it makes Mr. Museveni dance the whole way to the bank.  At this crucial moment when the country is at crossroads, suffering Ugandans expect us as opposition to provide alternative solutions rather than fight for who takes which position and who will support who in the forth-coming election.”

Recently Col. (rdt) Kizza Besigye was attacked at Central Broadcasting Service, the verbal attacks on Abed Bwanika, and the ceaseless attacks on Robert Kyagulanyi, Member of Parliament Kyadondo. Nobert Mao, the president, Democratic Party who announced his for presidency is under attack by Mwanga Kivumbi, Butambala County Member of Parliament branding an agent of President Museveni.

As a Party, we do strongly call for tolerance and an immediate stop to the bickering amongst ourselves, Gayira noted. Adding, “We must, as a matter of urgency, work to build the country’s trust in the opposition and to ensure that our protracted efforts to deliver a soft landing for the country do not hit a dead end. It is further our humble appeal to all the political parties to concentrate on building their capacities as institutions capable of mobilizing support across the country than tearing ourselves apart. We recognize the desperation we are sunken in as a country, but as leaders, we are expected to exercise maximum restraint as we strive to get out of this situation.”

FULL PRESS RELEASE AT PARTY HEADQUARTERS – BUKOTO

MARCH 29TH 2019
Fellow Ugandans, Peoples Progressive Party wishes to address the nation on two important aspects:
1. The Party’s focus moving from 2019 into the 2021 General Elections and beyond.
2. The un-warranted conflict between and within key Opposition Political Parties and players.
Peoples Progressive Party’s focus ahead of 2021 General Elections:
Moving into the 2021 General Elections, Peoples Progressive Party continues to work on its plan of action, which we set out as a 3-phase strategy rolled out in September 2017:
Phase 1: 2017 -2018
Strengthen Party Internally and its structures across the Country.
Phase 2: 2019
Continue to build structures across the Country.
Publicize the Party and its agenda across the Country.
Identify Candidates for all elective positions in the Country.
Phase 3: 2020 – 2021
Prepare all our candidates for the general Elections.
Nominate all approved Candidates in Elections.
Our Focus as a Political party and an alternative government will be on our:
5 pillars of opportunity agenda for Uganda
This agenda provides key thematic areas that are a priority in holistically carrying the country forward. The opportunity agenda that the party has considered for the country are:
1. Economic Empowerment
2. Education Advancement
3. Health Care for All
4. Character and Human Rights
5. Corruption and National Security
We wish to state that these 5 priority areas will define our promises to the Country moving into 2021 and beyond. We will work to ensure that the economy works for everyone and our education system is re-aligned and advanced to meet both the global and local market demands.
We will put our people to work and. because we value life as a human right, we will focus on health care for all, as we advance acceptable character in public service provision while upholding national security. The details of all these will be communicated subsequently.
As for now, we find it important that the Country understands that we have centered it in our planning.
Conflict between and within Political Parties, and key individual players
It is of a national concern that Political Parties that must be bedrock for sustainable national leadership have been engrossed in a rather ceaseless and protracted bickering that unfortunately disadvantages us. As we move into the coming elections, People’s Progressive Party regrets with utmost concern the uncalled for bickering going on amongst leaders, more especially those in the opposition.
The bickering and exchange of words that is being exhibited at this critical time does not only disadvantage us, but it makes Mr. Museveni dance the whole way to the bank.
At this crucial moment when the country is at crossroads, suffering Ugandans expect us as opposition to provide alternative solutions rather than fight for who takes which position and who will support who in the forth-coming election.
Similarly, we are worried that the un-sieved language used by leaders when disagreeing on political issues shall lead to radicalization of their followers, more especially the dominant young population. The recent physical attacks on Col. Besigye while at CBS, the verbal attacks on Abed Bwanika, and the ceaseless attacks on Hon. Kyagulanyi is a testimony to this fact.
As a Party, we do strongly call for tolerance and an immediate stop to the bickering amongst ourselves. We must, as a matter of urgency, work to build the country’s trust in the opposition and to ensure that our protracted efforts to deliver a soft landing for the country do not hit a dead end.
It is further our humble appeal to all the political parties to concentrate on building their capacities as institutions capable of mobilizing support across the country than tearing ourselves apart. We recognize the desperation we are sunken in as a country, but as leaders, we are expected to exercise maximum restraint as we strive to get out of this situation.
“Together in Progress”

 

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