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Mao Wins DP Presidency :: Uganda Radionetwork

Mao Wins DP Presidency

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Nobert Mao, the Gulu LC5 Chairperson, has been elected the new president of the Democratic Party in an election that was marred by violence and bribery.

Mao beat the Kampala Mayor Nasser Ssebagala, in a hotly contested election held on Saturday in Mbale. The election was shrouded by accusations of bribery and violent clashes among supporters.

Mao however beat the odds and emerged victor with 700 votes ahead of his challenger Nasser Ssebagala ,who trailed with 300 votes after investing heavily in luring the supporters to his camp.

‘Seya' as he is popularly known, bought mattresses, paid for hotel accommodation, provided food for some delegates and promised each delegate 35,000 shillings on top of transport back home if he won.

The delegates however resisted the temptation of money, and instead voted in favor of Mao, who used his good oratory skills to secure victory.

Mao\'s oratory skills paid off and on Sunday evening, he was declared victor by Polly Mukibi, the party's electoral chief.

During the campaigns, Mao warned the delegates to either vote for him or lower the standard of the Democratic Party by voting otherwise. He said DP needed to vote for a person who is of the standard of the likes of Olara Otunu in the inter-party political corporation.

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As the delegates cheered Mao's speech, Seya's supporters organized and stormed the venue, forcing him to temporarily cut short his speech for more than five minutes.

When Ssebagala was given chance to address the delegates, he amused delegates by saying wining an election in Uganda only requires three things - money, money and money.

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Other members of the National Executive Committee elected include Mathias Nsubuga as Secretary General, Fred Mukasa Mbidde National Legal Advisor, Serunjogi Musoke National Organizing Secretary Catherine Atim, National Women's League and MP Issah Kikungwe as Treasurer.

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