Norbert Mao, the President of Uganda Democratic Party, says it’s time to hit on the head and eliminate Uganda’s political snake once and for all.
“We are folding sleeves now, the fight is man to man right now,” Mao told a crowd that had gathered to listen to Amama Mbabazi at Kaunda grounds in Gulu town on Tuesday.
Mao said himself, Paul Ssemwogerere and Kizza Besigye have just been “playing with the snake”.
“We only succeed in injuring it and more making angry but this time, we brought someone to hit it on head put this whole saga to bed.”
Addressing another rally in Lira the next day, Mao said Uganda’s problem was “Musevenism”.
“Musevenism is Museveni, the man, the state and the mind-set.”
He said Uganda does not need a president who is going to learn on the job.
“We do not have time for internship. Amama Mbabazi is an insider of the NRM Regime with a reform agenda that can be embraced by the opposition.”
He said Mbabazi/Go Forward’s manifesto provides new solutions to Uganda’s old problems.
“Let’s make this an issue based campaign. When all is said and done those with the stronger ideas prevail as weak ideas wither.”
Speaking at the State of the Nation Panel, November 6, 2015, Mao said elections in Uganda were a matter of life and death.
“If NRM wins it will continue to control our national wealth and it can share it exclusively with its supporters.”
He said the opposition will be kept in check through constant reminders that they will not get the government jobs, the tenders, social services, and other public goods unless they fall into line.
“2016 is about ending this zero sum game and predatory cycle. Politics should be a competition to serve, not a struggle for survival.”
Amama tips on guarding votes
Addressing his Gulu rally, Mbabazi who was introduced to the residents by Mao, asked voters to Vote and stay at the polling stations until the votes are counted.
“Leave the protection of the votes in Kampala to me.”
Mbabazi urged residents to vote saying this time round their vote will bring about change.
He said loss of lives and wealth has been a constant during change of regime and it is that of the people not the leaders.
“On February 18, 2016, I want Uganda to experience peaceful change of regime.”
“The truth is I have never been president of Uganda. I came today to ask you the people of Gulu for your vote for President of Uganda.”
He also talked about the army saying people should label those who served under previous leaders as their soldiers.
“On the issue of medicare, we will bring the quality of our health care to higher standards.”
Noting that 83% of youth are unemployed, Mbabazi said he aims to create 5 million jobs in the five years of his government.
“Under my government your land will be protected.”
He also apologised for all the bad things that happened while he was prime minister.
He said there is no reason why Uganda can’t be better than other countries because God favored us greatly.