There was excitement in Gulu on Tuesday after the nomination of
Norbert Mao to contest for the presidency in the 2021 general elections.
Mao was on Tuesday afternoon nominated on the Democratic Party ticket by the
Electoral Commission at Kyambogo University Grounds a day after failing to
produce requisite documents.
His nomination was welcomed with joy, happiness and ululations
among the Acholi community.
Richard Jomeo, a political activist in Acholi described Mao as a capable and
quality leader deemed right to address the cries of Acholi and leading Uganda
once elected in office.
He explained that Mao`s competence for presidency sits on his intelligence and
love for peace and unity.
Betty Kilama, the Omoro Woman Member of Parliament contestant described Mao as
a man of integrity who deserves the presidential office.
She noted that this is Mao`s long road to presidency and the liberation of
Uganda from the dictatorship of President Yoweri Museveni`s regime that has
been long overdue.
Patrick Omona, a boda boda rider in Gulu City says his hopes for good
leadership and representation of the Acholi community has been restored by
Michael Otim, the Youth Councillor for Kitgum district, pointed out that
Mao has all the qualities of a good leader.
He however fears that tough times await him due to what he described as lack of
fairness in Ugandan politics.
Speaking shortly after his nomination, Mao pledged to set up a stolen assets
recovery tribunals composed of qualified justices to reclaim the lost cows,
public houses, cooperatives and banks among others.
He also called for an end to tribalism in Uganda`s politics but the need for a
value and vision based politics.
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In 2011, DP fronted Norbert Mao who ended up the third position in the
presidential race after polling 147,917 votes.
Mao joins the incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the
National Resistance Movement, Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi of National Unity
Platform, Patrick Oboi Amuriat of Forum for Democratic Change party, Mugisha
Gregg Muntu of Alliance for National Transformation and Gen. Henry Tumukunde
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