Erias Lukwago wants Democratic Party president Norbert Mao to come out and defend allegations that he is actually not financed by the National Resistance Movement.
Mao, who has had one unsuccessful attempt at unseating President Museveni said last week that he would stand again for Presidency in the next general elections due 2021.
The announcement was met by sneers from his own party, with Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi who, during nbs TV’s Morning Breeze programme, said the party president was being used by the ruling NRM party to weaken the opposition by contesting in the 2021 general election.
Mao then claimed that he had announced he would seek the office of the president of Uganda when he was still in Senior Three at Namilyango College School.
“Anyone who knows me has known that Norbert Mao will run for president and become president or die trying; therefore, whatever Muwanga Kivumbi said is not new,” Mao said last week, adding that stupidity is not a crime, not even written anywhere in the Penal Code Act.
“If it was a crime, many people would be in prison. It is not even taxable; I wish there was a tax on stupidity, Uganda would be a very rich country. By insulting me, you’re putting me away from the negotiating table. What Muwanga Kivumbi said was extremely reckless and an insult to me. I even considered filing a case but then I realised that stupidity is not an offence; it’s not written anywhere in the Penal Code. If it was, many people would be in prison.”
Towards the end of last week, Mao urged journalists to stop seeking further comments from him ‘on the floppy and disgraceful Butambala MP’.
“His malicious attempt at preemption instead provoked the terrifying announcement meal-card politicians dreaded. Let KCCA’s Faecal Sludge Management Ordinance deal with this toad,” Mao tweeted on Friday.
On Monday, Lukwago, the Kampala Lord Mayor said Mao should instead prove Kivumbi that Kivumbi is not less intellectual like he claims.
“Some of us will not indulge in politics of scheming. Hon. Norbert Mao’s declaration is not about being a serious candidate or planning for us as the opposition. It is about scheming. That kind of politics will not take him anywhere,” Lukwago said on nbs TV.
He said Mao has mastered the art of rubbishing off whoever is opposed to his leadership by unleashing ‘verbal diarrhea’ against that individual.
“What surprises me is the kind of sloppiness Mao has handed the issue of being sponsored by NRM for 2021 elections.”
Kivumbi and Lukwago are not the only DP members that Mao has had squabbles with in the recent past.
Last month, Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze fired back at Mao, likening him to a pumpkin.
Nambooze’s outburst comes just a day after Mao called her and other DP political leaders appointed by Forum for Democratic Change’s Dr Kizza Besigye to serve under his “parallel cabinet” as watermelons.
“He said Nambooze, Erias Lukwago and Allan Ssewanyana are like watermelon, we are green outside and red inside; indeed, that is true,” she said.
“We are also aware,” Ms Nambooze said, “that some people, like him are like pumpkins; they are green outside but yellow inside.”