Mao said that all stakeholders and voters should stand against violence that leads to bloodshed and instead embrace a peaceful transition of government from the current leadership of Uganda to a new leadership through the ballots.
Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party (DP) Presidential candidate has
denounced violence and pleaded for a peaceful transition of power in Uganda.
Mao said that all voters should stand against the violence that leads to bloodshed
and instead embrace a peaceful transition of government from the current
leadership of Uganda to a new leadership through the ballots.
He noted that Uganda has not undergone a peaceful handover of power since the
overthrow of the governments of Milton Obote and Iddi Amin Dada by coups which
led to consequence toppling of power by the National Resistance Army (NRA) now
the National Resistance Movement (NRM led by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
‘’The reason for this election is too see that Uganda witness what it has never
witnessed before and that is a change of government without bloodshed,’’ Mao noted.
Mao made the statements during his two separate campaigns in Ongako and Palenga
Town Council all in Omoro district on Wednesday.
His statements come at a time when Uganda is witnessing a wave of deadly
violence and protests by people loyal to opposition parties and against the
ruling NRM government.
Last week, Betty Aol Ocan the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) announced
that the opposition would go for ‘’plan B’’ if the election fails.
Last week police reported that more than 40 people were killed, scores injured
and more than 300 arrested following protests against the arrest of
Presidential hopefuls Robert Kyagulanyi and Patrick Oboi Amuriat of the
National Unity Platform and Forum for Democratic Change parties respectively.
Lawrence Okidi, an elder from Palenga Town Council praised Mao for typically
living as a true leader of the Democratic Party who believes in a peaceful
transition of power.
Betty Kilama, a voter and contender in Omoro district noted that Mao`s love for
peace, intelligence and competence makes him deem to be elected the President
Talking about his manifestos, Mao said that he will improve electricity, roads,
education in the northern region and also ensure compensation of those who lost
their properties to the government.
Mao is seeking election for presidency alongside ten other candidates.
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