Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, has says the elections which saw Norbert Mao win a second term as DP president, was actually a coup.
According to Lukwago, a Zachary Olum-led reconciliation committee had recommended that elections and the delegates conference held at Katomi Kingdom hotel over the weekend be halted but Mao ignored this.
While addressing press, Lukwago said Mao for the last five years has failed DP.
He cited the failure by the president to build party offices in his home village but continuing to “operate in FDC offices”.
Lukwago says all Mao is good at is creating divisions to achieve his “selfish gains”.
He said the young people in the party want to lead the country not the party.
He said they were launching a campaign that shall see the party into power come 2016 and would not be deterred by cheap talk.
Mao replies, denies State House links
But Mao in response said Lukwago’s statements were “the last kicks of a dying horse”.
Mao who described his opponent, Dr. Lulume Bayiga, as “a worthy opponent”, began by thanking DP members for their vote of confidence in his team.
He, also used the opportunity to dispel rumours making rounds that his wife, Naomi, and mother to his two sons, was working in State House.
“I would like to address one issue that keeps coming up regarding my wife and her connection to State House,” Mao said in a social media statement.
“I have made it clear that such allegations are part of a smear campaign aimed at Norbert Mao.”
He said the campaign was an attempt to project him as a double dealer.
“But with God’s help this malicious propaganda whose authors are well known to me will never stick.”
He added: “Mama Nico does not work in State House or any other government office. As a matter of fact she is abroad pursuing further studies.”
He wondered why his adversaries mention that Naomi is employed by State House, and fail to mention what position she holds there.
“In law, He who alleges must prove. I do accept disagreements based on principles and I also believe that we can disagree without being disagreeable but to stoop low as to make wild accusation is unhealthy for our democracy and undermines any meaningful relationship between political competitors.”