DOOR IS STILL OPEN: MAO LURES PP/NUP REJECTS AS DP TARGETS BALIMWEZO
By Isaac Wandubile
DP’s new Publicity Secretary Amanu Opio Okeler has this Tuesday addressed his maiden media conference at the party’s office at City House where he unveiled gospel musician Kenno Musanyusa as their candidate against Mayor Ronald Balimwezo for the Nakawa East MP Seat.
A big-name SDA church member, Kenno for many years used to be synonymous with Capital Radio based in Kamwokya and Mao’s DP considers him a big-fish defector into their ranks (see some profiling about Nakawa East which NRM’s Fred Ruhindi is determined to reclaim for Gen Museveni’s ruling party riding on multiplicity of opposition candidates https://mulengeranews.com/why-pp-bosses-are-fighting-for-nakawa-west-leaving-ruhindi-nrm-to-have-field-day-for-the-other-nakawa-east-mp-seat/). Kenno Musanyusa vowed to capitalize on the party’s historical relationship with Nakawa to deliver the seat for them against all the other contestants.
At the same media conference, Opio unveiled other DP flag bearers from different parts of the country but more crucially declared the party’s official position regarding colleagues who decamped and melted into Kyagulanyi’s NUP party based at Kamwokya where they have since been rejected for flag bearership. “My Party President Norbert Mao is not here today but the official position of the party top leadership is that the door remains open for those who left but have rethought their decision and feel like wanting to come back home,” Opio said in reference to many of the DP giants who defected to NUP only to end up being disappointed without being able to land the Kamwokya flag.
The youthful Opio, who during the recent Mbale delegates conference replaced Kenneth Paul Kakande and Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro, added that as some politicians concentrate on fighting for seats in Kampala which is already liberated, the Mao-led DP is busy intensifying its roots and presence in upcountry constituencies as was manifested by the presence of many party flag bearers from upcountry at the City Hall media event. The event was also used by the party leadership to eulogize Nasser Ntege Sebaggala, a man whose unconventional political approaches brought DP so much glory and visibility especially during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
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