The opposition Democratic Party (DP) presidential candidate Norbert Mao on Saturday campaigned in western Uganda’s districts of Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Kamwenge and Kitagwenda.
While campaigning in Kitagwenda, Mao said he and his DP’s objective is to ensure that Uganda witnesses the unprecedented transfer of power without violence.
“We want you to know that our mission is change of Government without chaos and bloodshed. We want Uganda to witness what has never happened in our history (peaceful transfer of power),” he said.
Since Uganda got her independence from the British in 1962, it has never had peaceful transfer of power from one leader to another.
Power transfer in Uganda has always occured through violence characterised by coups and guerrilla warfare that led to loss of lives of many Ugandans.
Mao reiterated his previous comments that whenever there is violent transition of power, the region where the ousted President hails, suffers.
“When Amin (Idi Amin) was forcefully overthrown, West Nile suffered. When Obote and Okello (Tito Okello) were forced out of power, the people of northern Uganda suffered,” Mao said.
Adding: “If Museveni is forcefully overthrown, western Uganda is likely to suffer. I have not come to threaten you but rather to warn you. Therefore, Museveni should not tighten himself on you.”
With the rapid increasing rate of unemployment among youth, increasing cases of land grabbing, continuous reports on maternal mortality among other challenges faced by Ugandans, Mao said, Ugandans are “tired” and therefore want regime change.
“All over Uganda, people are tired. Youths are tired of unemployment, women are tired of dying while giving birth, farmers are tired of land grabbing,” he said.
Mao accused President Museveni of nepotism, alleging that the best opportunities are only given to people who are close to him.
Uganda will go to the polls on January 14, 2021 to choose the next President.