Norbert Mao,Democratic Party president.
Norbert Mao,Democratic Party president.

Democratic Party president, Norbert Mao has confirmed that the party’s Delegates Conference (DC) will be held on the July 23, as earlier planned.

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Mr Mao on Tuesday dismissed claims by a rival group that the meeting would not take place because there were disputes to resolve before the meeting takes place to elect new party leaders.

A rival group led by Lord Mayor last week asked party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to halt preparations for the conference “because of election irregularities” in eight district during party primaries to elect delegates.

But Mao said results in eight districts were insignificant and would not stop the conference.  “Out of the 111 districts, only eight had irregularities. I don’t think we should stop the DC basing on eight districts. The NEC rejected their calls for postponement of the DC.”

Mr Mao said cancelling the meeting would be a violation of the party’s constitution. He told his rivals to wait and speak out their grievances at the delegates’ conference. “The delegates’ conference is the remedy to our problems,” he said.

He said they had formed new shadow ministries within the party including; Ministries of Agriculture, Internal Affairs and Trade and Industry. “Four positions of regional secretary generals have been also established,” he said.

Mr. Mao chided the police arrest of the former FDC leader Dr. Kizza Besigye and former premier Amama Mbabazi. “We condemn the actions by the police because they are unconstitutional.”



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