Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao finally made it to the list of next year’s presidential candidates after getting a last minute clearance by the Electoral Commission (EC).
Until Monday evening, the EC hadn’t verified the signatures DP presented to support Mao’s candidature which raised doubts on whether the former Gulu district chairman would be a candidate in the 2021 presidential race.
Speaking to journalists after his nomination, Mao called for an end to tribalism in Uganda’s politics. He says that he intends to lead a campaign based on values and vision for Uganda, rather than who he is and where he comes from.
He said that for many years, politicians in Uganda have wanted to ride on their tribal, religious and ethnic backgrounds as vehicles to leadership, while at the same time wrecking the country. Mao was addressing a press conference moments after his nomination to contest for the Presidency.
He said that no Ugandan applied to be born in a particular ethnic group and they cannot, therefore, be held liable for any atrocities committed by their forefathers. He added that as Uganda votes, candidates should be weighted on their abilities and not where they come from.
He further accused President Museveni of failure to manage the economy.
” As we talk now, we are being cheated from A – Z. We produce the best coffee but the one we drink is the worst. It is really about the political management of resources,” Mao said.
This is the second time that Mao is running for president. His first attempt didn’t make any impact having collected 147,917 votes behind FDC icon, Dr. Kizza Besigye who garnered 2,064,963 votes and NRM’s Yoweri Museveni who won with 5,428,369 votes.
Meanwhile, another independent aspirant John Katumba who was turned away on the first day of the nomination finally got nominated after paying the requisite fees.