DP Not Ready to Lead Opposition in Parliament

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brahim Semujju, the FDC party spokesperson, says their National Executive Committee is currently locked up in a meeting to chart a way forward on the issue on whether or not to name a leader of the opposition in parliament.

The Democratic party-DP leadership says it is not ready to lead the opposition should the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party fail to name the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament-LOP. FDC has about 46 legislators, which makes it the biggest opposition political party in parliament followed by DP with 15 legislators.

 
By virtue of its strength, FDC is required to the name Leader of the Opposition. However, during the FDC weekly press briefings on Monday, Ingrid Turinawe, the FDC Women League Chairperson, said the party will not name the LOP since it won the February 18th polls. This automatically left Democratic Party, which that has the third highest number of MPs in the house as the next option. 

This afternoon, Kenneth Paul Kakande, the DP spokesperson, said they will not be in position to lead the opposition in the house. He advised the ruling National Resistance Movement party and FDC to sort themselves out, saying as DP they also believe the February presidential elections were not free and fair. 

Kakande however, said they have already embarked on the process to choose their party whip, adding that the results will be out soon. Ibrahim Semujju, the FDC party spokesperson, says their National Executive Committee is currently locked up in a meeting to chart a way forward on the issue on whether or not to name a leader of the opposition in parliament.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.