Democratic party supporters and leaders in Mpigi district
are frustrated by the party presidential flag bearer Norbert Mao skipping the
presidential campaigns yet the exercise was given very little time.
Although they contend that he is a good public speaker, Mao has not given the campaign exercise the due respect it deserves, claiming
that he cannot campaign in all the districts within the stated 60 days.
campaigns officially started on 9th November and are expected to end
on 12th January as elections are to be held a day later.
Fred Male the party flag bearer for Mpigi LC5 seat says that
apart from the information aired on radio and on social media platforms about
Mao’s campaign program in the district, there is no official communication from
party headquarters notifying the leaders at the district level to mobilize the communities
the president general would address.
According to the presidential campaign program drafted by
the electoral commission and agreed upon by all the eleven candidates in the
race, Mao was scheduled to campaign in Mpigi, Butambala and Gomba today but he
did not show up in any of the districts
However, when contacted for a comment Mao did not respond to
our repeated calls but the party spokesperson Okoler Opio said that his boss
had travelled to Busia for a burial and therefore he would not be in
position to meet the campaign schedule for Mpigi, Butambala and Gomba districts
“The earliest he will be resuming campaigns in Wednesday
this week,” Opio told Uganda Radio Network.
On Tuesday, Mao was scheduled to campaign in Masaka and
Kalungu districts according to the electoral Commission program and he would be
campaigning in Masaka city and Bukomansimbi district on Wednesday. It should be recalled that on Sunday, Mao suspended his
campaign in Kampala and Wakiso districts in order to attend the burial of
Kyotera woman MP Robinah Ssentongo who passed away late last week.
Male says that the electorate is now looking at Democratic
Party in the presidential race as jokers an image which he thinks should be
rectified in the remaining few days to the election date.
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He also wants Mao to step aside and leave the party
leadership to the people who can run its activities even during hectic moments
like presidential elections.
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Emmanuel Mabiriizi also a party sympathizer has faulted Mao
for continuing to miss out on his own campaign schedules in different districts yet he
started late when other candidates with whom he is competing had already
Mabiriizi says that Mao’s approach to the 2021 presidential
campaigns does not attract party supporters to vote for him.
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