By Spy Uganda
The country has been placed on a countdown for a major Show at Kaunda Grounds on the 22nd July 2023 aimed at welcoming Democratic Party President dubbed Minister for Justice & Constitutional Affairs, Hon Nobert Mao.
According to sources, ministers, diplomats, heads of institutions, opinion leaders, members of both the Uganda and East African Parliaments, Gen Salim Saleh are expected to attend this mega event.
We have since learnt that the National Organizing Committee is co-chaired by former EALA MP dubbed DP Deputy President, Hon Fred Mbidde and Hon Richard Todwong, the Secretary General of the Ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and these shall both be deputized by Hon. Martin Ojara Mapenduzi.
Former EALA MP Hon George Odong, rights lawyer Nicholas Opio and former EALA Speaker Daniel Fred Kidega have been assigned special and classified duties as “agents”.
”Dr Beatrice Kayanja shall be in charge of the welfare architecture that shall put into account all the local and exotic cousines commensurate with the mega celebrants,” says the source adding, ”on that day, Mao shall announce to Uganda the new trend of political dispensation for Uganda. The politics of cooperation.”
Other members on the organizing committee include; regional lawyer SC Gimara Francis, Mbarara North MP-Hon Robert Mwesigwa Rukari, Dusman Okee and Sylvia Kidega.
Who Is Mao & His Relationship With NRM
Norbert Mao is a Ugandan political activist and lawyer. He has been president of the Democratic Party since 2010, three time presidential candidate and he served as the Local Council 5 chairman for Gulu District. He is the current minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs in the Ugandan government, an office he assumed on 21 July 2022.
He was appointed to the above position by Yoweri Museveni, after signing an MoU to have a political relationship between the two parties. This appointment drew immense criticism from the Democratic Party, an opposition party. It was seen as a move by President Museveni to tame the Party and clip its wings to criticize his government.
Early Life & Education
Mao was born on 12 March 1967. His father, Dusman Okee Sr. (5 January 1942 – 3 January 2016), was Acholi and his mother was a Munyankole. Mao attended Mwiri Primary School in Jinja and briefly went to Wairaka College in Jinja District before attending Namilyango College, a prestigious all-boys boarding high school in Mukono District from 1982 until 1988.
He then attended Makerere University between 1988 until 1991, graduating with a law degree. He served as the president of the Makerere University Students Guild between 1990 and 1991. He went on to obtain the Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in 1992. In 2003, Mao was admitted to Yale University, under the Yale World Fellows Program, where he spent one year at the New Haven, Connecticut campus.
From 1992 until 1994, Mao worked as an associate attorney in the offices of Kabugo and Company Advocates, a Kampala-based law firm. Between 1994 and 1996, he worked as a legal counsel for the Legal Aid Project of the Uganda Law Society in their Gulu office. In 1996, he was elected to the Parliament of Uganda, representing Gulu Municipality. While in parliament, he served on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and the Public Accounts Committee. He resigned from Parliament in 2006 and was elected chairman of Gulu District.
Mao is chairman of the East African chapter of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and member of its secretariat. Also, he helped found the Great Lakes Parliamentary Forum on Peace (AMANI Forum). He was instrumental in trying to bridge the gap between the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels and the Ugandan government by lobbying for the passage of a general amnesty law aimed at bringing a peaceful resolution to armed conflict in northern Uganda. He belongs to the Democratic Party and publicly indicated his intention to contest the 2011 Ugandan presidential elections, either as the nominee of his party or if not nominated on the party ticket, as an independent.
He was elected as President of the Democratic Party on 20 February 2010 and ran for President of Uganda in the 2011 general election. The DP faced a lot of challenges that led to a split and deep polarization at the height of the election. He attracted only a small share of the vote, and President Yoweri Museveni was elected to another term. Mao and Inter Party Coalition presidential candidates Kizza Besigye and Olara Otunnu, among others, protested the election results in spite of its early approval by international observers and the United States as largely free and fair.
Mao was married to Naomi Achieng Odongo, and they have two sons together. They divorced on 27 May 2019, after 16 years of marriage. He speaks Luo, Luganda, Runyankole, and English fluently. Mao is a step-brother to Daniel Kidega, the speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly.