The Uganda Young Democrats (UYD), a youth wing of the opposition Democratic Party (DP) have called upon party members to stay calm following allegations that the party President, Norbert Mao is working with President Museveni with the aim of frustrating the liberation struggle.
Last week, Butambala County MP, Muwanga Kivumbi alleged that there is a scheme by President Museveni to use Mao’s candidature for the Presidential race in 2021 to weaken and narrow chances of the opposition in the general elections
Kivumbi alleged that Mao’s declaration to stand for Presidency is not genuine but only aimed at spliting the opposition vote and grant Museveni a smooth win the 2021 elections.
However, in response, Mao termed the allegations against him as “unfortunate” adding that Muwanga Kivumbi had stooped so low by making such uncalled for utterances.
Mao said that his bid for Presidency has been on for along period of time adding this will not be the first time he runs for Presidency in the general election.
While addressing reporters in Kampala, the UYD Deputy Secretary General, Johnson Kizito noted that the verbal utterances in the media between the two senior party officials are very unfortunate and uncalled for at such a time.
“As UYD, we apologize to Ugandans for the current verbal war by some principals in the opposition. We know of a fact that the current verbal attacks are derailing the much desired regime change by the people of Uganda,” Kizito said.
Kizito said the youths are cognizant of the sacrifice so far made especially by the young generation, noting that UYD members will not sit back and watch the would-be leaders become misleaders.
“We therefore call for restraint from both President Mao and comrade Kivumbi who are all gallant alumni of this great institution. We need to sober up and regain the momentum of the struggle,” Kizito said.
The DP youths revealed that they have set up a team of 7 committee members to embark on an investigative process into the allegations and will report to the public within 14 days.
The youths said they understand that Mao has a right to stand for Presidency adding that they will be glad to subject him to the well laid out processes.
The seven-member team will be chaired by the former Luwero Woman MP, Brenda Nabukenya and other members will include Zedriga Lina, Silivia Nakyobe, Denis Tumuhairwe among others.