By Ivan Mwine
Uganda has witnessed unprecedented history in politics after Norbert Mao, who was the president general of the Democratic Party (DP), officially handed it over to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.
The development comes after both Mao and Museveni signed what they termed as ‘Cooperation Agreement’ between DP and NRM, which they signed at State House Entebbe, on Wednesday, in the presence of witnesses from both parties.
Shortly after signing the agreement, Museveni wrote thus on his official twitter handle;
“I met with Democratic Party President Norbert Mao at State House Entebbe. We signed a cooperation agreement between the NRM and the DP. I salute the DP leadership for this gesture of mature, foresighted and constructive politics.”
It is however not yet clear whether Mao first sought the consent of other DP leaders and members before signing the agreement with NRM.
But the outcome from this is that DP as a party, its members and supporters have since been inadvertently surrendered or handed over to NRM with or without their consent.
It also means that all DP members, leaders and supporters have by default become NRM supporters unless they choose to defect from the party.
The development also confirms rumours that have been circulating around for a long time that Mao is secretly working with Museveni and the NRM to destabilize the opposition in Uganda.
We shall however bring you updates about this developing story in our subsequent reports, so watch the space.