By Najibu Mulema
Uganda’s oldest political party and second on the continent to South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) the Democratic Party (DP) celebrates 62 years of existence today in Katabi sub county in Wakiso district.
Democratic Party was formed in 1954 by Benedicto Kiwanuka due to religious and economic demographics that began to shape politics in Buganda prior to Uganda’s independence.
Despite being the oldest party in the country, DP has never ruled Uganda except for a brief period between 1961 and 1962 when its founder, Kiwanuka was a Prime Minister in an interim government that ushered in independence.
The party started with the cleaning of Katabi market early in the morning and thereafter hold a public rally at Katabi play ground. The public rally is going to be addressed by DP leaders and well wishers.
DP currently has a total of 14 law makers in the Ugandan 10th Parliament and one member the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) who doubles as the party Vice President, Fred Mukasa Mbidde.