Reports from Gulu suggest that about 40 delegates of the Democratic Party are stranded on the streets after being neglected by the president general, Nobert Mao. The majority are DP delegates who had trekked from the Karamoja sub region and Acholi among others.

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The Mao faction held a three day delegates conference in Gulu where they elected new party leadership and also pronounced Mao as the official flag bearer in the 2021 presidential election.

However, drama started when the delegates at the elapse of the three day conference started asking for transport refund that was to be offered by the party. Despite their endless complaints of being denied decent accommodation as many had been forced to sleep in classrooms of Sir Samuel Baker Secondary School in Gulu city, the party leaders remained hesitant to offer help. One of the complainers known as Opio says they had been promised UGX 450,000 each at the closure of the conference but to their surprise Mao and his colleagues disappeared when the conference ended. “I came all the way from Napak district. They sent us sms messages asking us to be present for the conference. They pledged to facilitate everything with UGX 450k but to my surprise nothing has been offered yet,” he says. “I am still stuck in Pece where I am mobilizing for transport back to Napak,” he adds.

When contacted for a comment on the matter, the party secretariat dismissed the claims and suggested that the disgruntled delegates negotiate with their local structures. “Asking for 450,000 is unjustifiable. This was an individual sacrifice. However, they can mitigate with their leaders at local level and see how they will be helped,” suggested a secretariat member who rejected to he mentioned. Babirye Kabanda, the party treasurer when contacted by The Monitor said they had not anticipated anything like a wrangle over transport refund for the delegates. “We allocated shs 7 million as transport refund for delegates from Karamoja sub region. I expected them to be mature and share the money accordingly,” Babirye told The Monitor paper.

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