The DP BLOC leadership, once a special purpose vehicle of the Democratic Party, has endorsed Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi as their Presidential candidate in the coming 2021 election.
The DP BLOC, mainly formed with the purpose to draw a liberation plan that can form the basis of a coalition for changing the country has rapidly turned into a political faction of the mother party. This was evident with the announcement to endorse the People Power leader Robert Kyagulanyi, as their presidential candidate in the coming election.
According to Dr. Abed Bwanika, a key member of DP BLOC, “the question of who is going to be a presidential candidate is already settled, that one we are not revisiting it. It is a settled matter, Hon. Ssentamu Kyagulanyi will be our presidential candidate.” His counterpart Medad Sseggona, MP, Busiro East echoed the same sentiments on the decision. However, Gerald Siranda, the Democratic Party Spokesperson said the intentions of the DP BLOC members are purely self-interested.
“They are not endorsing Hon. Kyagulanyi because they like him, they believe that the Honorable can help them win the positions that they are holding. But I want to advise them that they will be stronger if they came to the party first. If that’s what we want we must call the national executive committee to approve the processes of a candidate and then we call the national council and a delegate conference.”Gerald Siranda
Dr. Lulume Bayiga, a member of DP BLOC is skeptical about the procedural arrangements because they believe the chairman of the party has his eye on the MP Gulu East Constituency seat, which is why they moved to nominate Robert Kyagulanyi for party President.