The opposition Democratic party (DP) President General Nobert Mao has come out to clear the air on the party’s next course of action in regards to the appointment of its members by the People Power movement to mobilize the masses in the 2021 general elections.
The People Power patron who doubles as Kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) recently appointed politicians from various political parties as his movement’s mobilizers.
The appointees included DP members such as Busiro East legislator Hon. Medard Lubega Ssgona, Gonzaga Sewungu of Kalungu South, Masaka municipality MP Mathias Mpuga and Muwanga Kivumbi of Butambala county.
DP’s initial reaction to this was to summon the appointed members.
“We are summoning them on Monday because we want to know their terms of references,” said the Party General Secretary Gerald Siranda last week.
However, while addressing press this morning, President Mao clarified that the party is not considering any disciplinary action against them.
“Let me assure all members of DP who were appointed that we are not considering any disciplinary measure. The problem of Uganda is failure to dialogue. We must learn to talk to each other. That is why we formed the DP block,” said Mao
“I am not angry at all. I talked to Kyagulanyi and we have mutual points which are valid. We want to build People Power into a special purpose vehicle”
Mao added that the DP priorities are transition from dictatorship to democracy and removing President Museveni but said that this can be achieved by sorting out the mess within the opposition.
He also noted that as DP they want only one person on the ballot to fight for Ugandans.
“You find Muntu, Besigye, Mao fighting to be on the ballot. For us we want one person on the ballot to fight for Ugandans,” he added
“It’s a very big insult for anyone to say that the DP bloc is fighting Kyagulanyi”
On the issue of Electoral reforms that were tabled before parliament by the Attorney General last week, Mao said these are not aimed at delivering free and fair elections but rather entrenching Museveni’s regime.
“Security forces voting before the actual polling date is the avenue of rigging,” he said.
However, Mao supported the reform of stopping candidates from standing as independents after losing primaries and said that it was agreed upon in inter party Organization for dialogue (IPOD).
He termed them as political nomads.
“If you want to be independent, be independent”