Mao: Life presidency scheme won’t suffer if Simeo’s jaw gets broken

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MP Mbidde and other DP members who were arrested yesterday

Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao, says the success of the life presidency project in Uganda will still be achieved even if proponents like Kassanda South MP, Simeo Nsubuga, lose some parts of their bodies in the process.

Mao was Thursday night jeering at the legislator who on Monday got beaten, roughed up and nearly strangled by a one William Ntege, at Kabaka’s coronation in Mubende district.

Ntege aka Kyuma Kya Yesu was arrested and produced before the Mubende Grade One Magistrate, Hellen Ajio, who denied him bail despite having substantial sureties who included Sheik Sinan Kagwa, the FDC Chairman Mubende District.

He was represented by Counsel Gawaya Tegulle and Kabusu Moses.

He was remanded until next Wednesday 9th August 2017.

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While reporting the matter to parliament, Simeo accused opposition MPs of targeting the ruling party NRM MPs who are championing the bill.

They include; Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga; Kabula County MP, James Kakooza, Nakifuuma MP, Robert Ssekitoleko Kafeero among others.

Unlike the presidential age limit issue for which some MPs have come out to declare their views, Mao says no MP wants to be held accountable in 2021 for supporting this land issue.

“I don’t think the scheme of life presidency will suffer if Nsubuga Simeo’s jaw gets broken,” Mao said while appearing on NBS TV “Frontline” programme.

“I don’t think we can do much to put reason to minds of MPs but it’s up to us to educate me,” he noted, adding, “the truth is not just in majorities, you can be many but wrong and you can be few but right.”

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, is championing the campaign against land amendments which she says are aimed at grabbing land-the only resource Ugandans call their own.

Arrest of DP members

On the arrest of DP members Thursday, Mao said they had planned to take banners to Constitutional Square after informing the police a week ago but “they still interfered”.

Police arrested 18 party members in their “K’ogikwatako” campaign protesting the proposed lifting of the presidential age limit.

They are; the party Vice President, Hon. Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Councillor Joseph Lubanga, Kassim Jjagwe, Zaid Nsubuga, Francis Kizito, Richard Kavuma, Catherine Namuli, Ambrose Muganira, Emmanuel Kizza, Issa Mukwaya, Jimmy Kibuuka, Joseph Sserwaniko, Anthony Waddimba, Moses Katende, Drake Ssematiko, Richard Kayima, Chief Mboowa and Hakim Kizza.

Mboowa and Kizza were charged with holding an unlawful assembly by Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate, Joan Aciro, and remanded to Luzira prison.

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