By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: Democratic Party (DP) has dismissed the allegations made by Fred Mukasa Mbidde that the party president Norbert Mao okayed and backed up his decision to support Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s presidential bid.
Mbidde, the DP Deputy president on Monday officially declared his intentions to back the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and revealed that he had already informed his boss Mao about his decision and okayed him to go-ahead.
“I am among the few parliamentary contestants who wish Mr Kyagulanyi well because most of the incumbents in Masaka are schemers who simply want his backing to retain their parliamentary seats other than making him win the presidency,” Mbidde who is vying for the new Nyendo-Mukungwe parliamentary seat told his supporters.
However, according to DP Spokesperson Okoler Opio Lo Amanu, Mao never okayed Mbidde’s decision to back Bobi Wine as he alleges.
”The statement by the DP Vice President that the President okayed his decision to support the NUP presidential candidate is totally untrue and it should not only be ignored but also treated with the utmost contempt it deserves,” reads the statement released by DP denying Mbidde’s allegations.
”The President of the Democratic Party cannot endorse support for another party’s candidate when he himself is a presidential flagbearer in the general elections,” the statement added.
It further stated, ”The Democratic Party respects freedom of members to hold opinions and make decisions but if such decisions are to be construed as being unreasonable, then members should be prepared to shoulder the burden of guilt without tagging the President of the Party as is the case at present.”
As the President often says, “DP was established for a reason, not a season. The Democratic Party has candidates in various positions and it is the duty of all members of the party to back the party candidates, members who back candidates from other parties undermine the unity and solidarity of the party,” the statement reads.