MAO: I FEEL SORRY FOR BOBI WINE
By Mulengera Reporter
Democratic Party (DP) President General Norbert Mao has advised Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, alias Bobi wine, to be careful with some of the people around him especially ‘rebel DP members’ claiming to support his 2021 presidential election bid.
Uganda’s oldest political party, the DP has been enmeshed in wrangles, pitting Mao against a faction opposed to his leadership.
At the center of the conflict in the party is the disagreement on whether the party should back Bobi Wine, a political newcomer, who has already announced his political intention.
Whereas Mao is opposed to the proposal to have the party rally behind Bobi Wine, a section of the political organization’s members have vowed to knock everyone – including Mao – opposed to the Bobi Project out of their way.
But Mao has warned Kyagulanyi that the DP members claiming to support him simply “want to cripple him.”
“I am sorry for my young brother Bobi Wine; these ones [the DP faction opposed to his leadership] are creeping on him for positions. They are only aiming at winning elections,” said Mao during the party’s weekly press conference held at City House in Kampala on Tuesday.
“Some of them have built big houses. They only want to go to Parliament and get the Shs35m monthly salary in order to complete their projects.”
He added that the group had reduced Bobi Wine to Buganda politics, yet he was supposed to be a national candidate appealing to all Ugandans in his quest to win the country’s top seat in next year’s election.
About 30 people, including former Security Minister Lt Gen (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde, have expressed interest in replacing Yoweri Museveni as president. A former bush warlord, Museveni has been in power for 34 years and his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) is already marketing him as their candidate for the 2021 poll.
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