The service held at Ssebaanas ancestral home in Luweero district was interrupted by fights between warring factions of the Democratic Party, one that pays allegiance to the party president Norbert Mao and another aligned to Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
Bonny Kasujja, the DP Chairman Masaka municipality, says Maos reign is a liability to the party. According to Kasujja, Mao only concentrates on suppressing descent within the party as opposed to finding solutions to key problems.
Mao told journalists in Kampala that the Democratic Party attempted to convince Kezaala to reject the appointment in vain. He however adds that the departure of the National Chairman should in no way impute improper motive on him given his years of faithful service of the party.
Norbert Mao says just like many Ugandans especially those born after Museveni captured power in 1986, he does not care whether the president hands over peacefully to his son Muhoozi Keinerugaba or wife Janet Kataha Museveni.
Dr. Olara Otunnu, the Uganda Peoples Congress party president, and member of TDA National taskforce, says all candidates fronted by TDA have received certificates of endorsement from the Alliance confirming their candidature.
Mao could not pick the forms because he was reported occupied with some party activities, including the verification of aspirants for the position of Member of Parliament under the Democratic Party ticket. He will pick the forms from the TDA offices on Monday, September 7th.
Norbert Mao, the president of the Democratic Party will on Friday this week pick nominations forms for the joint opposition presidential candidate in The Democratic Alliance. This, as the party appeals to members who want to contest to submit interest by Friday.
John Baptist Kawanga, the presiding officer of the elections says the exercise started late because after the aspiring candidates moved to meet the delegates region by region the delegates asked them to address them again that is why the exercise also delayed.
The Democratic Party DP elections have hit a snag after organisers realised they do not have enough ballot boxes to conduct the elections. The DP national delegates conference organisers had reportedly requested for 50 ballot boxes from the national Electoral Commission EC. EC handed over 15 ballot boxes.
Lulume an aspiring candidate for the DP presidency announced during the open campaigns of the party on Friday a head of the elections on Saturday that if the anomaly is not corrected he will challenge the outcome of the elections.