Norbert Mao, chairman of the Democratic Party (DP), has said he will not resign despite being appointed minister of justice and constitutional affairs.
Democratic Party (DP) Chairman Norbert Mao has vowed he will not resign from the position despite being appointed Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
Responding to a question from journalists on Friday, Mao said the agreement he signed with President Museveni was on behalf of the party and not his own doing.
As a result, he said he will continue exercising his duty as the party president.
“The constitution of DP and the cooperation agreement (with Mr Museveni) are not mutually exclusive. I signed it as president of DP and will continue exercising my duty as DP president,” Mao said.
“I have heard voices calling for me to step aside. The reason would have been for instance if members said I would be too busy. That one I would listen to it,” he added.
This, however, comes at a time when legislators from DP Thursday confirmed that Norbert Mao ceases to be their leader after his appointment. The group also said they will in two weeks’ time sit to elect their new President.
Mao was Friday approved by Parliament a day after he was appointed by the President to the ministerial position.
“By virtue of the authority conferred on the president by Articles 113(1) and 114(1) of the constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I hereby appoint persons below as Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State,” Museveni said in a document signed on July 21st confirming Mao’s appointment.
Others appointed include the Sports minister for State, Hon Hamson Obua who has been appointed the government Chief Whip in Parliament replacing Thomas Tayebwa who resigned from the position to become Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
Beatrice Akello Akori the Woman Member of Parliament for Agago has been appointed Minister of State for Economic Monitoring Office of the President.
Peter Ogwang has been appointed Minister of State for Education and Sports.
Meanwhile, his appointment followed a meeting at the State House on which he inked a deal to work together with President Museveni.
The meeting was held in presence of Secretary Generals of the two political parties, including Richard Todwong for NRM and Gerald Siranda for DP.