Democratic Party (DP) supporters in Masaka on Wednesday exchanged blows and kicks as the party officials convened a meeting to rejuvenate its lower structures in the area.
The fight began in the morning when Youth associated with DP Vice President Fred Mukasa Mbidde attempted to block Masaka Municipality legislator, Mathias Mpuuga’s group from entering the meeting venue at Masaka Social Centre.
The meeting had been organized under the patronages of DP bloc, a coalition of parties and other political groups working together to dislodge President Museveni from power in 2021.
During the fight, some party members sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital. As the situation continued to escalate, Police was invited to intervene.
The People’s Development Party (PDP) president, Dr. Abed Bwanika, who directly participated in organizing the meeting, described the scuffles as regrettable and urged members to iron out their differences for the good of the party because the party can’t afford to lose the 2021 struggle to selfish interests.
“DP is bigger than all of us and fighting each other won’t deliver the desired victory we want in 2021,” he noted.
DP President, Mr. Norbert Mao, blamed the infighting on some self-seeker’s who he said are bent on crippling the struggle to acquire state power adding that Young Democrats should not fight for small political positions because no one has monopoly over any Political office.
“I have heard that people were fighting before I came, but I want to inform young democrats that they should not fight for small political positions. No one has a monopoly on any political office, anyone with the required qualification is free to express interest,” he said.
Meanwhile, both Mbidde and Mpuuga were conspicuously absent after warring party youth members threatened to attack them on arrival.
Mr. Mbidde is currently serving his second and last term in the East African Legislative Assembly and he wants to unseat Mpuuga, who is also a DP stalwart. Mpuuga has served two terms in the Ugandan Parliament since he succeeded another DP stalwart John Kawanga, but Mbiddde says Mpuuga is no longer popular so DP risks losing the Masaka seat in 2021.
The fight between Mpuuga and Mbidde’s supporters was first evidenced on 28th September 2018 during the Party reunion at the Masaka Liberation Square when the event turned Chaotic a few moments later after-party loyalists from both Camps started fighting each other.