Norbert Mao Attacks NUP for Distancing Themselves from UGx 3.1B IPOD Funds

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Democratic Party (DP) president, Norbert Mao has attacked NUP party leaders Following   recent stance on the IPOD where the party stated that it declined funds from the platform as long as Museveni continues to use it to legitimise his ‘gun rule’.

According to Norbert Mao, opposition party National Unity Platform (NUP) received Shs3.1 billion government funds yet act as though they did not.

The money, according to Mao, was extended through the Inter-party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) to NUP to facilitate the party’s political activities.

“For the record, NUP declined to join IPOD for reasons well stated, and has not accepted any facilitation from them. We are aware of the funds given to political parties under IPOD, but we declined all of them, as long as Museveni continues to use it to legitimize his illegitimate gun rule,” NUP said in December 2021.

The party has also in the past accused the ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM) of turning IPOD into a forum in which party principals meet for a cup of tea and photo opportunity.

However, according to Mao, whereas some opposition leaders are opposed to the IPOD agenda, the platform has yielded good results which he says, the ‘mockers’ never talk about.

“Thanks to the useless photo opportunities, tea drinking and boot licking by some of us in IPOD, many kidnapped, arrested and tortured activists were released. In addition funding to parties with MPs was more than tripled. Some eat meat. Others eat soup!” Mao said.

He urged opposition political party leaders to pick a leaf from other countries like Tanzania where leaders believe in dialogue to solve political differences.

Jolliebest Kasajja
Jolliebest Kasajja
Jolliebest Kasajja is a Ugandan Photo Journalist, Influencer, Photo and Videographer, Nnews Editor and Critic for African Politics.
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