BY OUR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENTS
DP’s Presidential candidate Norbert Mao has promised an equal distribution of government resources to benefit all Ugandans when elected president. Speaking to journalists shortly after being declared by the Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama -a nominated presidential candidate, Mao called for unity and peace during the political season .
Mao said that once elected president , he will set up what her called the “Stolen Assets Recovery Tribunal”, to reclaim the public and private property that has been taken over illegally .He said DP believes in constitutionalism and rule of law .
He took a swipe at his opponents whom he accused of not holding delegates conferences to democratically elect their parties’ flag bearers .“We delayed because we are not a jua-kali party. We had to follow our party constitution as the oldest party having been founded 66 years ago. We are not like other parties that went for sole candidates . For us we had to hold a delegates conference to elect a presidential party flag bearer ,” he explained in his usual eloquent manner .
He called for unity among Ugandans. “DP doesn’t have blood on its hands . I don’t want to jump over bodies when going to be sworn in as your next president . Our message is reclaiming our future from those who have stolen it. DP has presented the best quality of candidates at all levels ,” Mao stated .
Kyagulanyi violently arrested
Earlier in the day Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu ,was violently arrested when he defied security directives on a set route he had to use to exit the Kyambogo nominations venue .
Shortly after Kyagulanyi’s arrest , Presidential advisor on special operations, as well as First Son Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainrugaba, said that the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential contender will be defeated should he seek non-peaceful means in his search for presidency.
Muhoozi, who was the head of the Presidential Guard Brigade (PGB) now the elite Special Forces Command (SFC), made the statements on his Twitter handle.
“I told you, my young brother, that you can NEVER intimidate us. We are much stronger than you can ever imagine being. If you want to fight we will simply defeat you. We want peace! But if you attempt to fight us then Bring it on!”
FDC’S Amuriat nominated without shoes
The FDC flag bearer, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, aka POA was transported by police to the nomination venue without his shoes after he had vowed to lead a procession from the FDC offices to Kyambogo sports grounds .
FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda had announced that their party would not respect the Electoral Commission guidelines of moving with only nine people, saying that the party has a lot of structures and that they will move with at least twenty officials.