Elections for top posts in the Democratic Party are currently underway at Namboole Sports Stadium in Kampala.
Kampala Mayor John Ssebana Kizito, former Mayor Nasser Ntege Ssebagala, Gulu Municipality MP Norbert Mao and university professor Richard Otto-Ebil are contesting for the post of DP President General.
Earlier this afternoon, the four men were given an opportunity to make one last public bid for the party's presidency.
Ssebagala said he is a man of the people. To show the DP delegates his commitment to them, Ssebagala pulled out of his pocket a wad of new shilling notes promising to pay for the meals and mineral water for all those present. The delegates were not impressed by this and loudly booed at him.
Norbert Mao stated that he is the youngest candidate for the post. He said his youth and experience in Parliament would bring much needed vibrancy and change to the party.
While Mao appealed to his youthfulness, Ssebana Kizito made mention of his seniority. The 71-year-old politician stated that he is not in the race to assert himself as life president of the DP. He said that because of his age, he only intends to serve for one term and then he will hand over office.
Otto-Ebil, who has been the chairperson of the DP branch in the USA for the past 20 years, said he is the only candidate who has not been embroiled in the party's problems. He added that he has made very good contacts outside Uganda and will be able to bring foreign support to the party.
Right now, observers say it is anyone's race. However they point out that Ssebana Kizito is favored to become the new DP President General.