Fresh from announcing his Presidential bid for the 2021 General Elections, Democratic Party (DP) President Norbert Mao has asked Ugandans to use the upcoming polls to elect capable leaders.
He made these remarks while speaking at an Interparty Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) symposium which was held at Sheraton Hotel on Thursday, July 2, 2020.
Speaking today, Mao intimated that unless citizens stop looking at elections as an end in itself not even a change of leaders will help solve the country’s underlying challenges.
“Irrespective of which party is going to be in power, irrespective of who is going to be president, chances are that you will wake up and your conditions may not change much,” he cautioned.
“People said the problem of Uganda was the colonial rule, they left, didn’t our problems increase? People said UPC and Dr. Obote were the problems,” Mao added.
As such, Mao called upon citizens to use the forthcoming elections as a springboard of building systems that will steer the country back to glory rather than engaging in political ping pong.
“If indeed my aim is to serve you the citizens of Uganda why must I threaten you? Why must I make you think that if I am sworn in, you must leave your house?” he posed.
Short of that, he opined that changing individuals would merely perpetuate the thuggery that citizens have witnessed since independence.
“If you put my portrait on every public building tomorrow, will it increase the Gross Democratic Product? I might just come with a new entourage of looters who want to take their turn to eat,” he noted.
At the tail end, Mao assured Ugandans that his candidature is about transforming the country’s fortunes for the better.
“Personally at my age of 53, I am not going to debate nonissues. I am not about changing individuals; I am about restructuring the Ugandan State. On behalf of the Democratic Party, I want to state that we are going to be solution-oriented,” he assured.
Until yesterday, it was hoped that Mao who unsuccessfully ran for President in 2011 would back rising star, Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu of the People Power Bastion.