You’re just power-hungry, Mao tells Opondo

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Government spokesperson Opondo and DP President Mao at an earlier NBS TV discussion

Democratic Party [DP] President General, Norbert Mao, was moved to the point of telling off government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, during a televised debate on Thursday night.

It all started when Opondo launched into a rhetoric before NBS TV viewers, saying Uganda is more united today than it was 10-20 years ago.

“We made a promise during campaigns that we shall revamp 20 hospitals; all of them have been renovated and revamped,” Opondo said.

He went on: “If the renovation of Mulago Hospital is completed by 2018, I’m told it will be the best hospital in the whole region.”

Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] president, Mugisha Muntu, was forced to ask whether what Opondo was saying came from his heart.

“A person sells his vote at UGX2000. Don’t you see danger? When we are talking about these issues, let’s talk about them seriously and not just for PR. We don’t need another crisis,” Muntu quizzed.

“He [Opondo] doesn’t have a heart,” it was former Ethics and Integrity minister, Miria Matembe, who answered.

“You who has come here to speak the truth; to speak for government you don’t need to speak the truth,” Matembe told the government mouthpiece.

Mao too reminded Opondo that all that was needed is to mind about the architecture and not the interior design.

“Ofwono Opondo is talking about interior decoration,” Mao said, to which Opondo replied “But NRM is working with DP.”

Mao then pointed out: “You have failed to implement IPOD [Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue] policies.”

Opondo quickly replied: “Muntu and Mao failed to organise their people to provide alternative transition. When people choose NRM, they say they have lost the way.”

Unable to take it anymore, Mao concluded: “You are power hungry.”

Former Bushenyi district Local Council five (LCV) chairman, Willis Bashasha, who is now the Director of President Yoweri Museveni’s Manifesto Implementation Unit, concurred with Opondo saying government has continued to score well in the area of infrastructure.

“Some projects have been completed and others are running. I’m not dismissing the fact that politics play a big part in what we are talking about.”

Bashasha further said government is committed to address challenges like corruption and general attitude of the people.