The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is a political party in Uganda founded in 2004 by Jaberi Bidandi Ssaali. It had first the name of National Progressive Movement (NPM) before becoming PPP in December 2005. Its motto is “Together in progress”, while its symbol is a lamp alight in the centre of the map of Uganda with the inscription PPP within the map. Its colors are red, orange, blue and white.
Over the years, the People’s Progressive Party has done mobilization throughout Uganda, recruited nearly 100,000 members and instituted party structures in many parts of the country. The party held its first ever delegates’ conference in June 2008. The conference was attended by about 1500 delegates from 40 districts. The main mandate of the conference was to elect party leaders. Indeed, party leaders were elected and this included the election of leaders of women and youth leagues as well as leaders of the wings of persons with disabilities and the elderly. The election and constitution of the party leadership consequently gave the party the gravitas to contest in the general election of February 2011. The party fielded a presidential candidate, 32 parliamentary candidates, one LCV candidate and nearly 200 candidates for the lower local government positions. Of these candidates, the party succeeded in getting one LCIII chairman, sub-county and parish councilors, elected. The other success that the party registered during the campaigns was introducing PPP to the whole country and establishing contacts for continued mobilization across the country.
In pursuance of its mission and to realize its vision, People’s Progressive Party is guided by four main principles and/or values :
- Non confrontation in solving political impasse
- Non violent approach to political development
- Mentoring young people in political leadership
Article 7 of the PPP constitution defines the character of the party as :
- Non Sectarian
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