Mao excludes fighting groups from DP delegates conference

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic Party (DP) president general, Nobert Mao, has revealed that all the people and the branches opposed to DP, will not be invited for delegates conference.

Mao made the remarks during a weekly press briefing in Kampala. He said the party infighting last week hit the peak after an alleged group of members attacked Mao and members of his executive at an extra ordinary meeting at Balintuma road Mengo.

Mao says the party central executive committee will crack a whip on all undisciplined members.

It is on this note that he announced that all branches and people undermining the party Will not be invited to delegates conference scheduled for May this year.

He however revealed that the secretary general was preparing over 2800 invitation cards for both delegates and special guests.

Mao clarified that the party organizing secretary, Suleiman Kidandala was suspended to prevent more damage in the party.

Kidandala was suspended by the party NEC on last Friday on grounds of violating the party Constitution and printing voters registers.

Mao however said he will be summoned and given fair hearing.

DP’s Mao mourns Moi


By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic Party (DP) has urged President Museveni to borrow a leaf from the fallen Kenya’s former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi and handover power peaceful.

Moi was 95 years old when passed on this morning while receiving treatment at Nairobi Hospital.

During the Democratic Party weekly press conference, Mao said that although Moi’s leadership was harsh and cruel but at the end he settled for the multi-party democracy in Kenya, term limits as well as handing over power peacefully which helped Kenya to reach the high democracy they are enjoying today.

Mao adds that President Museveni must help Ugandans and handover power peacefully .

He sends condolences to Kenyans, family members, East African Community and all peace loving people over the lost of such democratic man.

DP releases roadmap for 2021 elections

By Robert Segawa

Opposition Democratic Party ( DP) has released it’s road map towards the forth coming general elections 2021.

Addressing the media at the party headquarters in Kampala the National organizing secretary of the party, Suleiman Kidandala, said the party will hold it’s delegates conference between 28th-31st March 2020 where they will elect the new party president and other flag bearers.

Before the delegates conference there will be registration of party members at village level from 14th-26th January.

Kidandala added that there will be elections of party executives at village to district level from 26th January to 9th march.

Meanwhile party representatives from constituency and districts will represent the lower levels in the national delegates conference .

DP’s Mao unbothered by members named in People power coordinators list

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic party ( DP) says it will not take disciplinary action as anticipated against it’s members who are named as coordinator in people power’s team.

Last week, People power pressure group led by Kyadondo East member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobiwine released names of it’s coordinators country wide which included DP members .

The list had Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Ssegona, Butambala member if Parliament Muwanga Kivumbi, Mathias Mpuga MP Masaka municipality among others who are members of the DP block.

Addressing a news conference at the DP headquarters today , party president Nobert Mao said that DP is still committed to work with People power pressure group to bring about change , adding this should be spearheaded by DP as an institution and not at an individual level.

Mao further says he has been informed that President Museveni’s agents in opposition have the intention to destroy the people power movement and DP Bloc efforts.

Other party leaders speak out of DP coalition

By Robert Segawa
Following the formation of DP Bloc which was sealed by signing the Memorandum of understanding between DP and three other opposition political parties on Thursday, several political players have reacted.

The Democratic party, Social Democratic party ( SDP) , People’s development party ( PDP ) and Truth for justice ( TJ ) leaders appended signatures on an MOU agreeing to work together to strengthen the Democratic Party to lead the cause of Regime change.

Recently the president of SDP Mike Mabike, the president of PDP, Abed Bwanika, Lubega Walter Mukaku of TJ among others announced that they were returning to the Democratic party to be part of it’s rebuilding.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at Hotel Africana in Kampala DP president Nobert Mao announced that DP was no more disunited .
At the function, PDP president Abed Bwanika and Kyadondo East member of Parliament Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi wine on top of calling for opposition unity attacked opposition player’s particularly the Forum for Democratic change ( FDC) and it’s former presidential candidate Col Dr Kiiza Besigye for working to undermine the opposition unity steering public debate.

The DP Bloc has since suggested the opposition election campaign strategy for 2021 dubbed “One to one model. On top of proposing to field a joint presidential opposition candidate against NRM, the strategy proposes opposition fielding joint candidate at parliamentary and local government levels depending on each parties strength.

Mukono Municipality MP, Hon Betty Nambooze, advised the opposition to desist from waging war against fellow opposition player’s and walk the talk of unity.

She urged the opposition not be diverted from the real enemy of democracy,who is Museveni and NRM and waste time in opposition in fighting.

Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda the opposition chief whip in parliament who doubles as FDC spokesperson, says FDC doesn’t have time to discuss the programs of other opposition player’s but they are concentrating on internal party programs intended at liberating the the country from dictatorship.

Meanwhile the NRM party spokesperson Roger’s Mulindwa disclosed that the opposition can attempt to form the coalition but at a certain point they will disagree

Mulindwa adds that the opposition is struggling to form a coalition against president Museveni and the NRM was a sign that individual players are weak to cause change.

He retaliated that as NRM they are just waiting for the right time to front their candidate and Ugandans will decide.

President of Justice Forum and MP Bugiri municipality, the opposition should stop labeling and smearing each other, but focus at United opposition which many Ugandans are yearning for.

He adds that it’s only United opposition which will deliver victory to Ugandans. He pledged that JEEMA will work with the DP block through constructive engagements along side other opposition player’s to achieve regime change.

The signing ceremony was among others attended by General Mugisha Muntu who is about to launch a new party Alliance for National transformation ( ANT), former DP president Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi who called for unity among the opposition.

DP launches strategy to dislodge Museveni

By Robert Segawa
Dubbed one on one strategy the Democratic party bloc today announced that it will be the platform to dislodge president Museveni in the next elections.

The strategy which clusters opposition political parties per their regional strength follows the research the party allegedly carried out recently concluding that it’s the only through way to dislodge Museveni from power.

At a press conference addressed by representatives of DP , PDP, SDP, justice forum at the DP headquarters this afternoon, the strategy was unveiled by DP spokesperson Kenneth Paul Kakande, Dr Abed Bwanika, Michael Mabike, Walter Samuel Lubega among others.

Last week the Democratic party president Nobert Mao introduced former DP members from PDP, SDP, justice forum under their new umbrella DP block.

Abed Bwanika explained that they will be able to field candidates in the regions depending on each parties strength. he noted that DP will filled candidate in Buganda, Acholi, Busoga, Sebei and parts of Westnile. He said FDC is fielding candidates in Kigezi, Ankole, Toro, Bunyoro and parts of Teso.

He further added that UPC is fielding candidates in Lango, Karamoja, and parts of north Eastern Teso. While Mugisha’s party will field candidates in westnile, And Rwenzori Subregion.

According to Bwanika, in area’s where the parties have fielded joint candidates performed well compared to area’s where all had separate candidate.

He announced effective next month the DP UYD reunions will resume with Jinja and Kampala on fast schedule, then proceed to other area’s of the country including Karamoja, before proceeding to the Diaspora in London, America and other area.

Mao blames Electoral commission for DP’s loss in Local council elections

The opposition  Democratic party has threatened legal action against the Electoral commission over the recently concluded LC 1 Elections.
DP President Nobert Mao says the Electoral commission illegally invalidated results of the DP Candidate who had won the recent LC 1 Elections at Luwum street Nakasero village, Salompasi Makivubo village and Katwe ii village.
speaking to the press this afternoon Nobert Mao is urging the Electoral commission to declare the rightfully elected DP candidates in Kampala or they go to court.
Mao says he is going to mobilize Members of parliament representing Democratic party in the Parliament to petition the speaker of parliament to compel the Electoral commission to recall LC 1 Chairmen who were illegally declared against the voters will.

Opposition displeased with EC decision to leave civil servants out of LC elections

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic party have expressed dismay over electoral commission’s move to halt all civil servants from participating in the forth coming local council election which they say, doesn’t only violates the laws of the country but also a sign of injustice.

While addressing the media  at the party headquarters  in Kampala, Nobert Mao the party president says that though the councils are important in national peace and security development but no to involve in civil servants who are to campaign on taxes of the nationals.

Mao has called upon all party members to get involved in the elections to over come what he called corrupt and fraudulent NRM cadres who have held these positions for almost 2 decades.
He says local council one letters are important in day to day daily activities , he asked Ugandans not to elect leaders who beat up their wives and those who cannot look after their families.

DP refutes NRM claims that opposition killed Abiriga

By Robert Segawa

The  opposition Democratic Party (DP),  has dismissed talks within the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and president Museveni for accusing the opposition for the gruesome murder of the Arua MP, Ibrahim Abiriga.

The NRM strong man was gunned down on Friday evening by unknown assassins on his way back home and this has since sparked off fear within the different leaders in NRM.

During a press briefing at DP offices the party President Nobert Mao says that the kind of talk by members of the NRM is cheap politics and should not continue because it will only cause an unhealthy debate in the country. .
Those with such talks are kind of people who don’t know the kind of contest we are in; obviously we launched the K’ogikwatako campaign from here, Abiriga was our political opponent, we disagreed strongly with his support for Article 102 amendment and even those who voted for amendment remain our political opponents but killing is not one of our method,” Mao said.

Mao said that from the on set, the Democratic Party is a non-violent organization which can’t inolve itself is killings and murders. “We have stated before that our organisition is a non-violent organization, so if tomorrow I am killed, will it be NRM? That kind of debate is extremely unhealthy and I call for maturity within the NRM, there is even no basis for us to be suspected,” Mao noted.

Museveni should address tax policy issues: Mao

By Segawa Robert

The Democratic Party President Norbert Mao has highlighted the key issues that should be tackled by Museveni  during the state of the nation address which is slated for this afternoon.

Among the issues Mao expects the president to tackle is the reconciliation bill that will be tabled so that most worried Ugandans can have the best avenue for forgiveness He adds  that  the tax policy  should also be reviewed  to favor all Ugandans.

In a weekly media briefing at city house, Mao said that the questions of land ownership through the land policy is should also be among the concerns Museveni should address. He adds that there should be should other ways of property ownership so as to cater for the urban poor in the slams.

Mao adds that the employment sector should exhibit  transparency by availing a balanced salaries and provide jobs on merit.

In the same press conference, Kalungu legislator Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu demands  that Museveni states his stand on Kaweesi murder and ongoing insecurity coupled with brutality.