Democratic Party (DP) National Delegates convening at Katomi Kingdom Resort, Wakiso last night re-elected incumbent party president Norbert Mao for another term of office, and he will be the party flag bearer in the coming presidential polls.
Mao got 896 votes equivalent to (71.2%), defeating his rival Hon. Dr. Lulume Bayiga who scored 360 votes equivalent to (28,5%) and 3 votes were invalid.
An excited Mao posted on his official Facebook page thanking delegates for entrusting him with the party’s highest office.
“Dear Friends, with profound happiness, I wish to thank you for your support.”
He thanked his competitor Bayiga for being a worthy candidate and challenged DP members to join hands.
“I thank Hon. Dr. Lulume Bayiga for being a worthy opponent. I thank the DP members for their vote of confidence in our team. Let all DP members now join hands and support the team elected by the delegates,” Mao said.
Mao also dispelled romours that his wife is working in state house terming it as “smear campaign aimed at him and attempting to project him as a double dealer.”
“Mama Nico (wife) does not work in State House or any other government office. As a matter of fact she is abroad pursuing further studies…When they mention that she is employed by State House, why do they fail to mention what position she holds there. In law, He who alleges must prove,” he said.
Mao will face internal wrangles from a Buganda DP faction led by Erias Lukwago which has openly disagreed with his leadership.
The faction is holding a parallel conference in Luweero. Mao was first elected as party president in 2010.
This is the Democratic Party National Executive Committee (NEC)
1 Chaiman Kezala Muhammed
2 Vice Chairman Wamala
3 President H.E Nobert Moa
4 Vice President H.E Mukasa Mbide
5 Secretary Gen Hon Matia Nsubuga
6 Deputy S.G Hon Silanda Gerald
7 Tresurer Hon Isa kikungwe
8 Legal Advisor Samuel Muyizi kayayu
9 Publicity Sec Keneth Paul kakande
10 Deputy publicity Waiswa Mufumbiro
11 Youth Leader Okid Christopher
12 Dy Youth Leader Paul ssembajjwe
13 Youth Sec Nakyanzi Ritah Daizy
14 Organising Sec kidandala sulaiman
15 Women leader Hon Namayanja
16 Deputy Women leader Hon Namaganda.
17 Vice central Region Hon Nambooze
18 Vice western Imam Makumbi
19 Vice eastern Hon Mutembule
20 Vice nothern Lyanda comacech