Democratic Party [DP] President Norbert Mao has congratulated Hon. Kassiano Ezati Wadri upon his victory in the Arua Municipality by elections.
“Vox Populi Vox Dei (The Voice of the People is the Voice of God). Winning from behind bars evokes memories of Capt. Kahonda’s victory over Gen. Kahinda Otafiire,” Mao said.
In 2015, Capt Donozio Kahonda defeated Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, the minister of Justice and Constitutional Affair, who had been representing Mitooma County in parliament for 20 years.
Then Kahonda was been incarcerated in Kigo prison on trumped up charges.
Wadri too defeated the NRM candidate Nusura Tiperu while being held at Gulu police station for allegedly using a grader to attack the president’s convoy in Arua town.
His chief campaigner and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi will today appear in Court Martial for alleged treason and gun possession.
Mao said he had a phone conversation with HE Bobi Wine’s elder brother Eddie Yawe and also with his wife Barbie Kyagulanyi.
“I assured them that we stand with all the comrades who are in detention and are doing everything to get them released. We are in this together. We shall overcome!”
Mao condemns violence
On Tuesday 14 August, 2018, Mao issued a statement condemning the killing of Yasin Kawuma, Bobi Wine’s driver by security forces.
“In the same breath I condemn any individuals or organizations that perpetrated or preached violence during the campaigns. I hold the belief that individuals and groups have the civic right to canvass support for their respective candidates, but violence and incitement of violence are unacceptable.”
Mao said the Uganda he seeks to build must be a Uganda where violence is not tolerated.
“We must break the cycle of violence in our country. At this time when there’s increased polarization and frustration, all Ugandans must stand united against violence. The behaviours and conduct of political actors that promote violence is reprehensible.”
He said those responsible for the loss of lives must be brought to justice.
“The people of Uganda, particularly Northern Uganda, know well what violence is and what harm it causes. Because of the bitter experience and unjust history, we should have zero tolerance for any form of violence.”
The democracy desired and deserved must have no room for violence, for incitement of violence and endangering the public no matter the beliefs of those who perpetrate such acts, he noted.
“Those of us who seek to bring about regime change reaffirm our commitment to nonviolence. We shall fearlessly confront the enemies of democracy with our bare hands demanding our full citizenship rights to institute a government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
He added: “Every struggle must have fundamentals. For us, nonviolence is one of the fundamentals. Let the sad events in Arua teach us that we must all embrace the values of peace, openness and justice. That is the only way we can bring out the best in ourselves and in others.”