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How Bobi Wine and Norbert Mao caused disharmony within oppositions

by James Ateenyi

Youth National leader of the opposition Democratic Party Okidi Christopher and Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) a youth wing of Democratic Party are embroiled in disagreement on who to support in the next general election.

Through a press conference addressed on Thursday, UYD had endorsed Kyadondo East member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu as their preferred candidates a move that was rejected by Okidi.

Okidi as the DP National Youth Leader has discredited Bobi Wine endorsement saying that Kyagulanyi must go through a process in DP Block and other leaders who are willing to contest for the same seat. Okidi added that Bobi Wine has to first move a cross the country not only the central region to test his popularity in other regions of Uganda.

“My attention has been drawn to this news item wherein some members of UYD purport to endorse Bobi Wine for President. Whereas it is true that Bobi Wine is among those who have expressed intentions to run for President and is being considered within the DP Bloc. The said UYD members in this clip have no capacity to give official UYD endorsement to Bobi or any other candidate.” Okidi said.

He added: “For beginners UYD is a very big organisation countrywide with organs. Just a few people in a veranda somewhere in Kampala most of whom are always from the same district, region and family should be very careful making such statements at a time consensus building is happening. In any case for a candidate endorsed to be viable such a candidate will be marketed across the country which requires the involvement of all speaking the same language. Uganda is bigger than that acre where we do pressers from.”

“Whereas I don’t like stifling young people from expressing their genuine political opinion and preference freely I also care about organisational collegiality. While I am always available for consultation, i think its also the right to make to warn whoever has no capacity to make official statements in UYD to desist from doing so. I don’t have time to move everywhere to disown your statements. I dont have that combat energy at least for now. We should instead invest time in building bridges than seeking political relevance.” Christopher Okidi remarked.

However, Mugambwa Robert the acting UYD Secretary General said they won’t changed their stand on backing Bobi Wine.

“As Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) we endorse hon. Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu as our presidential candidate in the forthcoming election because he has proven to understand the issues pressing young people, and is equally committed to push for an equal and Just Uganda.” Mugambwa stated.

He aded:“Further more he is a person who appeals to all age categories a cross the regional devoid and the international community. This is our generation and it is only us who are supposed to created a solution for a better Uganda, we are disappointed by old people.”

Sources within DP told us that Senior members of the oldest party in Uganda are also spolt for choices with many opting to back Bobi Wine over Norbert Mao.

Both Mao and Bobi Wine have declared their interests to contest in the next general election as president.

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