Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party president has blasted a group of Uganda Young Democrats activists for withdrawing from the campaign of Brenda Nabukenya.
Nabukenya is contesting the Luweero District Woman MP bye-elections on the DP ticket and also as a joint opposition candidate. However, on Tuesday, a group of UYD activists withdrew from her campaigns accusing her of teaming up with DP members opposed to the leadership of Mao and fueling division in the party.
The activists also accused Nabukenya of failing to organize polls for the election of her successor as UYD chairperson. They demanded that Nabukenya apologizes before they can rejoin her campaigns for the by election scheduled for May 22nd, 2014. Norbert Mao, the DP president has disowned the activists describing them as cockroaches and insignificant.
Mao’s who joined Nabukenya’s campaign trail and addressed a rally at Busula in Katikamu Sub County on Wednesday accused the activists of using his name to push their private agenda. He spent the day traversing Katikamu sub county lobbying voters to rally behind Nabukenya. Mao noted that issues raised by the youths are not important, adding that their focus in on winning the by-election.
Other politicians who joined the campaign are MPs Moses Kasibante, Matia Nsubuga Birekeraawo, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Florence Namayanja, Ssebuliba Mutumba and Betty Nambooze among others. Nabukenya’s arch rival NRM’s Rebecca Nalwanga also spent the day hunting for votes in Kalagala Sub County. She was accompanied Dr. John Chryzostom Muyingo, the state minister for higher education, Eng. Abraham Byandara, the works and transport minister and the Luweero Triangle minister Rose Namayanja.
The ministers told voters that an opposition woman MP will find hard time lobbying support from the president. Ramla Kadala and Faridah Namubiru, the independent candidates traversed Bamunanika and Wobulenzi town council pledging to unite the youth and help rural women SACCO’s once elected.