Mao moves to quit DP presidency

DP president Nobert Mao addresses journalists during the party’s weekly press briefing

Democratic Party president, Norbert Mao, has hinted at a possible exit.

Speaking during a DP weekly press conference held at City House in Kampala Tuesday, Mao said he was ready to quit if the party National Council votes him out.

Some party members have been pressurising Mao to step down following the party’s poor performance in February 2016 general elections.

Mao says he is contemplating calling for a Vote of Confidence from members who accuse him of failing to solve internal wrangles.

He was elected by 71 percent of the delegates at Katomi Kingdom hotel along Entebbe road last year.

However, the party will hold a National Council (NC) meeting in April to decide his future.

“If the majority have no confidence in me, I will leave,” Mao said.

“We take seriously the root causes of the divisions in the party. Above all, we distinguish between petty squabbles and principled disagreements.”

He says squabblers are like hecklers; their interest is to disrupt ideas they don’t agree with.

“Those who disagree on principle on the other hand should be assured of an open door and our commitment as the leadership of the party that they will never lack a platform to present their views.”

He asked those who disagree with him to embrace the spirit of sober deliberation.

“Surely, we can disagree without being disagreeable.”

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