The Democratic Party has attributed its failure to join the Inter Party Coalition [IPC] to internal divisions. According to the DP spokesperson Betty Nambooze the party has had internal problems, making it difficult to take major decisions.
Nambooze says the party national delegate's conference that convenes early next month is to take a decision on whether or not to join the Inter Party Coalition. Major opposition parties in the country including the Forum for Democratic Change, Uganda People's Congress, Conservative Party and Justice Forum recently signed a memorandum to cooperate and push for electoral reforms ahead of the 2011 general elections.
Nambooze says DP is trading cautiously on joining the Inter Party Coalition because it had learnt from past experiences.
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She says that though DP has had a great year there is need to lure some of its estranged members to return to the fold. The Makindye East MP Michael Mabikke was elected as an independent after he disagreed with the DP leadership.
Nambooze says DP also wants to integrate the Uganda Young Democrats in the party structures. She says UYD is operates like a pressure group to the ruling National Resistance Movement.
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