Mao leaving opposition alliance over ‘devilish’ Lukwago



Opposition Democratic Party (DP) president, Norbert Mao, has threatened to withdraw from the Democratic Alliance if it accepts Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, who he calls the devil himself.

Mao made the threat yesterday while addressing press in Kampala where he lost his temper and called Lukwago Satan tempting others to leave the party.

He said if Lukwago’s splinter faction, DP Buganda, is allowed to join the opposition alliance as a pressure group, Mao will have no choice but to pull out DP.

The democratic alliance which comprises of six opposition parties was formed last month with the aim of fielding one candidate to tackle President Yoweri Museveni in the coming 2016 elections.

DP signed a cooperation pact to join the opposition coalition but the battle between two members is threatening to break this pact.

Mao told press that according to their protocol, there is no back window.

“Everyone should come through the party.”

He said DP Bugunda faction can only join the coalition as a pressure group like that of Amama Mbabazi because it is fighting against Museveni but not one arising out of an opposition political party.

“Lukwago’s group will destroy rather than develop the opposition,” Mao explained.

He said DP has ever contested as independent party and can contest alone once more because it has enough supporters.

“How can we fight Museveni when we are busy fighting each other?” Mao asked.

“I extend my hand to everyone who commits himself or herself to the Democratic Party and the struggle of the Ugandan people for democracy and shared prosperity.”

The bickering comes at a time when DP is scheduled for internal polls this month.

The Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) has already assigned five monitors to watch the polls during the Democratic Party National Delegates Conference due to take place at Katomi Kingdom Hotel, Garuga, Wakiso District from 23-26 July, 2015.

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