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Besigye downplays Mao's dialogue with Museveni's NRM
He said Mao's case is only a waste of time because many people have in the past worked closely with him but failed.

Kizza Besigye, a political activist, says that Norbert Mao’s decision to join the Museveni government is a waste of time.

Political activist Rt Col Dr Kizza Besigye has downplayed the DP president general Norbert Mao’s decision to join President Museveni’s government, saying its a waste of time.

Last week, Norbert Mao met with President Museveni and inked a deal to work together. The deal also saw the former appointed Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs a position he has since accepted to take on.

However, while speaking about this coalition, Besigye said dialoguing with Museveni is not possible. He said Mao’s case is only a waste of time because many people have in the past worked closely with him but failed to come to an agreement on a number of things.

“How will Norbert Mao pull off that feat of causing dialogue where people like Amama Mbabazi and the late Eriya Kategaya failed and what some of us who knew Museveni many years ago failed to do,” Besigye questioned.

Meanwhile speaking about his meeting with the DP president earlier on, Mr Museveni commended Norbert Mao together with his leadership for the gesture of maturity towards promoting constructive politics.

“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,” Museveni said.

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He said despite being on the opposite end, DP continues to stand out. He said the also party flows in his veins.

“Although DP has been in the opposition, they have not been destructive. They criticise but are not destructive. You know the history. I keep telling you that DP without Museveni is not a serious group because I was a very active member of DP,” Museveni added.

On his part, the DP man commended President Museveni for being a cooperative leader. He said he is determined to even entice his party colleagues into loving the relationship.

“You must look for them wherever they are in all the political parties and in all the corners of Uganda. This is a living document. It has to continue growing and we have signed it in a good faith,” Mao said.

Meanwhile, he is set to be inducted into the Public Service today, Thursday, July 28 before officially taking up his new duty as the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister.