The Democratic Party (DP) has rubbished claims by their own Vice President Hon. Fred Mukasa Mbidde that the party President General and 2021 Presidential Flag Bearer Norbert Mao gave him permission to vote National Unity Platform – NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine.
“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 does deserves.” The Party said.
According to the Party Spokesperson Okoler Opio Lo Amanu, the President of Democratic Party cannot endorse support for another party’s candidate when he himself is a presidential flag bearer in the general elections.
“That said, we strongly believe that no party member can in good conscience support a candidate from another party for any position when DP has a candidate. Members have to take responsibility for their decisions save where there’s collective responsibility based on a formal decision by a party organ.” Lo Amanu further said.
He however noted that the Democratic Party respects freedom of members to hold opinions and make decisions but if such decisions were to be construed as being unreasonable then members should be prepared to shoulder the burden of guilt without tagging the President General of the Party.
Mbidde, who is currently contesting for MP in Masaka City in the Nyendo-Mukungwe Division, was last week taped assuring voters that he will support and vote Bobi Wine for President because he had sought permission from his President General and allowed to defy the Party.
The DP President, Mao is currently canvassing Western Uganda for support in the 2021 election.