Published 21st January, 2011
The Democratic Party was formed in 1954 but was banned from the late 1960s until 1980 when it became the main opposition in the Parliament to the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) government.
It espouses Christian ideals, having been attracted strong support from Roman Catholics in southern Uganda when it was formed. Today it describes itself as a moderate conservative party.
The party was led by Paul Ssemogerere until his retirement in 2005. The current leader is Norbert Mao.
In recent years the party has suffered from a number of splits and infighting which has driven away many of its traditional supporters.
In the 2006 General Election the DP returned eight members to the National Assembly of Uganda. Their Presidential candidate received 1.58% of the vote.
The DP is a member of the Democrat Union of Africa (DUA).