First Son and Commander of Land Forces (UPDF) Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has hailed the Opposition Democratic Party boss Norbert Mao as the most brilliant with Presidential skills.

Lt Gen Muhoozi took to his twitter account on Thursday morning and posted the message, attracting a massive debate from his followers on his choice for President.

The tweet reads; “My big brother @norbertmao is the most brilliant opposition leader in Uganda today. He has Presidential skills.” 

One of the followers Hassan Waswa Katudde@HKatudde stated; “So it’s Mr @mkainerugaba that has the marking guide of presidential materials? Hahahaha… Mao is among the pipo who Ugandans feel could not be president.”Hassan Waswa responded

“No doubt about that but we need a military man who understands security & stability so that we don’t get issues of insecurity in a secure pearl of Africa that’s hitting a middle income status by 2025. We wish him all the best , he is bright opposition leader among the rest.” Abert Muhairwe replied

If you can see peace amidst the drone kidnaps, safe house torture, oppression of those who oppose the regime then you need special heavenily anointing,” THE PROUD VILLAGE BOY also replied

DP Party President Norbert Mao

Mao also a lawyer, has been President of the Democratic Party since 2010, and he served as the Local Council 5 chairman for Gulu District. He contested unsuccessfully in the 2011 and 2016 presidential elections, and also failed in the January 2021 Presidential elections.

Mao has been 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.

In August 2020,Eleven Members of Parliament who previously subscribed to the (DP) quit to join the National Unity Platform (NUP), a new alliance headed by Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

Those who crossed today included Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Sseggona, Bukoto East MP Florence Namayanja, Bukomansimbi Woman MP Veronica Nanyondo, Kyotera Woman MP Robinah Ssentongo, Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi, Kalungu West MP Joseph Ssewungu Gonzaga, Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga, Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze, Makindye Ssaabagabo MP Ssempala Emmanuel Kigozi, Makindye West MP Allan Ssewayana and Moses Kasibante.

The MP’s disagreed with Mao over forming a coalition with the NUP to front Bobi Wine for the 2021 presidential elections.

Mao was left with five MPs including; Luttamaguzi Ssemakula–Nakaseke south, Deogratias Kiyingi–Bukomansimbi, Mary Babirye Kabanda–Masaka, Lyandro Komakech–Gulu municipality and Okot Peter–Kochi county.

Uganda has witnessed a number of opposition politicians attached to various political parities challenging the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) government, with the aim of ousting the President Yoweri Museveni and pursuing leadership at the helm.

Uganda’s seasoned opposition political giant is Col .Dr. Kizza Besigye currently the leader of the People’s Front for Transition (PFT), an opposition presure group.

Besigye served as the President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) but was an unsuccessful candidate in Uganda’s 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016 presidential elections, losing all of them to the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, who has been President of Uganda since 26 January 1986.

The results of the 2006 elections were contested in court, where court found massive rigging and disenfranchisement. He allowed an early internal FDC election for a successor president, which took place on 24 November 2012.

In January 2021, the presidential race attracted 11 candidates including incumbent President Museveni who has been in power for more than 30 years. Among them included Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine(National Unity Platform) , Mugisha Muntu (Alliance for National Transformation), Patrick Amuriat (Forum for Democratic Change)