The opposition Democratic Party (DP) has vehemently dismissed statements made by party’s Vice President Fred Mukasa Mbidde that DP President General Norbert Mao allowed him (Mbidde) to support the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu who, together with Mao, are currently campaigning for presidency.
On Monday, Mbidde said that Mao had okayed him to back Kyagulanyi.
Today Tuesday, the DP spokesperson Okoler Opio Amani described Mbidde’s statement as “untrue” which should be treated with “the utmost contempt it does deserve.”
“The statement by the DP Vice President that the President okayed his decision to support the NUP presidential candidate is totally untrue and it should not only be ignored but also treated with the utmost contempt it does deserve. The President of Democratic Party cannot endorse support for another party’s candidate when he himself is a presidential flag bearer in the general elections,” said Okoler.
“In the same manner, Hon Mbidde wouldn’t endorse support for Hon Mpuuga (NUP Masaka city parliamentary candidate) by agreeing with some members of his team to support his rival,” he added.
The DP mouthpiece also noted that no party member can in their good conscience support a candidate from another political party for any position when DP has a candidate.
Party members, he said, have to take responsibility for their decisions except where there is a collective responsibility based on a formal decision by the party organ.
“The Democratic Party respects freedom of members to hold opinions and make decisions but if such decisions are to be construed as being unreasonable, then members should be prepared to shoulder the burden of guilt without tagging the President General of the party as is the case at present,” Okoler added.