PPP Financially Constrained, Postpones Swearing In

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Peoples Progressive Party has again postponed swearing in of the new leadership because the party is financially constrained.

People's Progressive Party has again postponed swearing in of the party's new leadership because the party is financially constrained. The party now says another date will be set, and this is the second time the activity is postponed.

The party delegates' conference in September elected new leadership led by Dr. Dick Odur as party president, replacing Jaberi Bidandi Ssali. But the new leadership have not officially taken over ofice.

Speaking in an interview with URN, Saddam Gayira, the party's newly elected vice chairperson and spokesperson said that now the party depends on the contributions from individual party members.

He also claimed that the party has channeled some of the funds meant for the swearing in function to sponsor The Democratic Alliance activities. Gayira did not reveal how much the party contributed to the alliance.

However, when URN contacted Mbabazi's spokesperson, Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi, she said all parties supporting Mbabazi's presidential bid were supporting the cause.

"I have no information in that regard. What I know is that all parties backing Mbabazi are fully involved in his activities but for PPP's financing specifically, I am not aware of it,'' she said.

Gayira also stated that the party is in talks with Mbabazi's camp to harmonize candidates at different levels who will be forwarded to the Democratic Alliance for consideration.

PPP backed Amama Mbabazi against FDC's president Dr. Kiiza Besigye.

The Democratic Alliance Summit last month failed to reach consensus on a joint presidential candidate between former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi and Forum for Democratic Change presidential flag bearer, Dr. Kizza Besigye.


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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).