The Democratic Party-DP President Norbert Mao has warned his party
members against being overridden by the growing political excitement of the
People Power pressure group.
Mao was on Wednesday addressing a symposium of DP leaders from the greater
Masaka sub region at Bwala Social Centre in Masaka municipality.
His pronouncement was prompted by the fight that erupted at the
meeting as DP members clashed over allegiance to the People Power political
formation led by Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi
Ssentamu, a.k.a Bobi wine.
It all started after a section of youth dressed in green T-shirts labeled
with words; “DP SECURITY TEAM” deployed at the main entrance of the venue and
started blocking their counterparts with red berets from accessing
the meeting place, accusing them of having intentions to cause chaos.
Mao cautioned the members especially the youth against being
taken up by the excitement of a pressure group,which he says is not
premised on clear principals.
He urged DP members to cautiously support the pressure group and
accept to be guided by the values of their mother party.
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Mao also picked offence with some party members that have started belittling
him of having a lesser political advantage compared to Robert Kyagulanyi in a contest against president Museveni in the 2021 election.
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Despite Mao’s appeal to his members to tolerate each other, Muhammad
Yiga, one of the local DP activists who sustained injuries in the fight went ahead and
opened a police file against his aggressors arguing that they were hired to
deliberately harm him and other People Power crusaders.
He blames the scuffle to the Party’s Vice President and Uganda’s
representative to the East African Legislative Assembly - EALA Fred Mukasa
Mbidde, whom he accuses of hiring people to harass anybody that doesn’t
support his bid for Masaka municipality parliamentary seat against incumbent MP
Mathias Mpuuga, the regional people power coordinator
Efforts to speak to Mbidde over the matter proved futile as he didn’t attend
the meeting and did not pick our calls.