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Interview Norbert Mao

Interview on February 22nd 2008

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By Simon Peter Labeja – Radio King
GULU – The Gulu district LCV Chairman Norbert Mao has called on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its donors to review the plan for implementation of the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) for North and North Eastern Uganda.

Speaking on Thursday 21st February during a live radio talk show at Radio King in Gulu, Mao said that districts that suffered fewer atrocities during LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) incursion in North and North Eastern Uganda should receive less money from PRDP, compared to districts that experienced the brunt of atrocities.

“The extent to which Amuru, Pader and Gulu Districts suffered in the LRA war is not comparable to Manafwa, Masindi and Pallisa Districts respectively”, said Mao. Listen to Norbert Mao clip 1

Dismay
The PRDP initially targeted18 districts but the number of beneficiary districts have now increased to 40, with some districts located quite far from the LRA previous areas of operation. Mao expressed dismay at the number of districts being covered by the Plan, adding that some districts do not deserve to be included in the program. Mao cited Manafa District neighboring Mbale which never experienced any LRA incursion.
listen to Norbert Mao clip 2

Donors’ conference
Much of PRDP funding comes from the international community. Mao is planning to convene a donors’ conference in Gulu to devise a just formula for distribution of PRDP funds, where districts that suffered most from LRA atrocities are given more attention in the program.

Vigilance
It is believed that some previous programs meant for the reconstruction of Northern Uganda have been failed due to massive corruption. According to Mao the local government is the heart of implementation of the PRDP. Mao urges the local population to be vigilant about corrupt leaders and purge them out of the implementation system to avoid the PRDP funding from being stolen.

listen to Norbert Mao clip 3

23 Comments

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Is it time for Museveni to go? - Front Page News - NewsSpotz // Feb 20, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    [...] south. At the last election they voted for Besigye.But now another potential leader has emerged: Norbert Mao. Mao, once an MP who retreated to Gulu to head the council there, belongs to the tiny Democratic [...]

  • 2 Wizreport » Is it time for Museveni to go? // Feb 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    [...] now another potential leader has emerged: Norbert Mao. Mao, once an MP who retreated to Gulu to head the council there, belongs to the tiny Democratic [...]

  • 3 GlobalWitness // Feb 22, 2009 at 9:14 am

    This is really great work. I’m happy to see it. Can you fix the link to the third audio clip, it links to a picture of Mao.

    apwoyo!

  • 4 Is Uganda choosing hope over action? - Front Page News - NewsSpotz // Mar 5, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    [...] for the Obama victory strategy.The UYD, the youth wing of the DP, has already proclaimed Norbert Mao the party's "Obama" for the next general election. However, the current party [...]

  • 5 Is Uganda choosing hope over action? « Wizreport // Mar 5, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    [...] UYD, the youth wing of the DP, has already proclaimed Norbert Mao the party’s “Obama” for the next general election. However, the current party [...]

  • 6 Is Uganda choosing hope over action? | Ramblings // Mar 6, 2009 at 10:22 am

    [...] UYD, the youth wing of the DP, has already proclaimed Norbert Mao the party’s “Obama” for the next general election. However, the current party [...]

  • 7 Godfre // Mar 19, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Greetings,
    give me Hon. Mao’s email address

    thanx

  • 8 Godfrey // Mar 19, 2009 at 9:04 am

    plse give me Hon. Mao’s email

  • 9 sikele // Sep 9, 2009 at 1:46 am

    From Manafwa, I think this man will never think of us. Our district is experiencing poverty.

  • 10 jaja // Nov 27, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    its time the DP comes back to its senses and realise that fundamental changes within the party have to take place.
    Its time the DP looks strategically about her location, logos, emblems, also DP must respect the fact that its registration in Uganda means that its for all ugandan not just baganda and any body including mao can raise to its leadership without hinderance so long as they have merit.

    Its time you got strategic before the forth coming elections or else you are bound to fail forever..Many colleagues awant to come behind you but cannot even access you constitution and major policies that you are going to base on for your campaigns in the forth coming elections.

    in conclusion, there is a cry for change and i hope DP can champion this, please do some thing

  • 11 jaja // Nov 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Mao we are behind you mate

  • 12 jaja // Nov 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    When we think of all Ugandans as being equal, say Karamojongs, Acholi, Banyala, etc, only then we shall see some development coming.

  • 13 Oringa Samuel // Jan 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Supporting Mao is not a big deal but, how to defeat NRM .To my side Mao will take it.I wish you the best .

  • 14 CHARLES KINTU // Feb 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I know Nobert Mao from my days at Makerere University. I admire his intelligence and political skills. He is a great mobilizer and when it comes to public speaking his in the Obama’s class. As far as I know in Uganda today there is no person that can beat Mao’s oratory skill. He also has one of the cleanest records among Ugandan politicians. As a DP supporter I say that we are lucky to have him.

    It is time for DP to repay the support of our Acholi brothers. Those who know the history of our party remember the two great Acholi political giants like Latim, Obonyo and Okello, the only men together with Boniface Byannyima, who refused to cross over to UPC in the 60s. In Obote2 regime the people of Kampala remember with pride Ojok Mlozi who, together with the Sebaana Kizito, Semogerere and others, formed the best opposition in parliament Uganda has ever had.

    Ugandans should take the example of Americans and look beyond petty issues like tribe and elect individual ability. That is the only way to build a nation.

    Mao you have my vote and support

  • 15 Michael Okumu // Feb 25, 2010 at 9:25 am

    President Mao is the only one who can defeat Museveni and his NRM. The fellow have messed up Uganda and we need young men like Mao to correct the mess. I do think that Mao’s candidature will end the common talks of Museveni about the Obotes, Amin and the whole 1960 politics which we do not understand as the young generation. Mao, I now see Museveni’ exit. Be firm on your policies and avoid Besigye’s style of compaign which are full of blame. As someone who come from Gulu, I know Olara Otunu and Besigye will not have votes there. The Oculas and Reagan should back you much as they are in FDC. It is hard but that is politics. It is politics of merits and who have clear ideas to develop Uganda. Look at Uganda as one family. You are the only one who can save Museveni as well; because of your mixed background. The ”Mzee” has to leave the stage for the new generation. Uganda will develop with Mao I predict. I know how you corrected the mess Col. Ocora Walter created in Gulu. You have lived to word by showing leadership to the people of Gulu. I take you leadership in Gulu as a pilot case for a bigger task of corrected the mess created by NRM.However, be careful with IPC. Their agenda may not be good.
    Long live Mr. President.
    I support you.

  • 16 Michael Okumu // Feb 25, 2010 at 9:32 am

    President Mao is the only one who can defeat Museveni and his NRM. The fellow have messed up Uganda and we need young men like Mao to correct the mess. I do think that Mao’s candidature will end the common talks of Museveni about the Obotes, Amin and the whole 1960 politics which we do not understand as the young generation. Mao, I now see Museveni’ exit. Be firm on your policies and avoid Besigye’s style of compaign which are full of blame. As someone who come from Gulu, I know Olara Otunu and Besigye will not have votes there. The Oculas and Reagan should back you much as they are in FDC. It is hard but that is politics. It is politics of merits and who have clear ideas to develop Uganda. Look at Uganda as one family. You are the only one who can save Museveni as well; because of your mixed background. The ”Mzee” has to leave the stage for the new generation. Uganda will develop with Mao I predict. I know how you corrected the mess Col. Ocora Walter created in Gulu. You have lived to your word by showing leadership to the people of Gulu. I take you leadership in Gulu as a pilot case for a bigger task of corrected the mess created by NRM.The education system is not the best now. There are many wrong things taking place. Imagine National Examination results being taken to State House before releasing them. Marks are adjusted to fit their needs and the politics of the day.It is a pity. You need to corect those.However, be careful with IPC. Their agenda may not be good.
    Long live Mr. President.
    I support you

  • 17 Ouma Francis Michael // Feb 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Adungu Media!

    It is a gracious moment that you have empowered us to speak on key political predicament.

    Uganda’s Politics is a dirty one. It needs to be cleaned in our own time, there is non other than Norbert Mao who can steer the country to mass cleansing and rejuvenation of the spirit of the ‘Pearl of Africa.’
    Dear all, Let us support Mao the heavenly sent messiah to lead us through this journey. We have got to unleash our full potentials and dominate every opportunity to emancipate the rigid communities that the ringing bell of change has come.
    Mao should remember to have positive feelings for Uganda. He should not use Ugandans only for his glory but to cure the wounds on Uganda’s face. He should be objective other than criticising evey thing. Most profoundly, he should make the motto of Uganda to show up with clear consideration of God’s ways and the needs of our country.

    The current status quo is a rough one. we have learnt from the past, we should never allow ourselves to be decided by the people who speak of no change. Yet we want change, development, proper representation and empowerment.

    During this few days remaining, Gulu should be looking on and building more leaders to fill in the gaps.

    I say this For God and My Country.

  • 18 wamayi kenneth // Mar 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Uganda at the moment requires people and leaders with fresh ideas,gone are the days when political patronage was used to maintain the status quo.
    What Ugandans need is to improve and expand their productivity, not more districts.
    I am very disappointed with the MPS who are talking about having more districts as a means of having better service delivery.
    Uganda as an agriculturally dependent country must have more of agro processing to create more jobs and improve peoples livelihood.
    With the creation of more districts expect service delivery protests in future amidst fights of who has taken which tender for the district.
    Mr Mao am totally behind you because right from your university days at Makerere you have always stood out and pointed what is good for people.
    You have shown you can not be compromised for personal benefits like others.
    You could be one of those billionaires who serve their own interests but you want national development and democracy.
    We shall always pray for you to liberate Uganda from corruption and patronage.
    Viva ,amandla,laluta continua.
    I am not a member of DP but I will support you because of your values.
    Hopefully in 2011 many Ugandans in the diaspora should come home and vote for you.
    Secondly I thank all the members Dp who voted you to that office, because I had always seen it as a party for Baganda and a platform for the current goverment.
    History has always shown that members of DP can easily change the floor and hence making the opposition weak rendering the word Democracy useless.

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  • 20 John Otim // May 9, 2010 at 3:08 am

    The idea of a fresh face in our politics is welcome.The tested leader he is ,Mao is certainly ready for the next stage.Ugandan politics,however,is militocentric,if I may coin out a new term.Uganda does not have a history of smooth transition at the top nd past electoral ‘victories’ of NRM and proclamations of the military leadership seems to point to a deeply entrenched distrust of anyother face in state house other than the founder of NRA.That said,Besigye in his acceptance speech hit a very iportant nail on its head.He said “Museveni is not going to gve away power willingly,we have to force him out.” He may have not used those exact words but certainly he implied pressure was the only way available to the opposition.Divided,do they stand a chance?Can Mao go it alone with IPC and NRM s his rivals?When you look at these questions objectively,reality suddenly hits you that at grassroot level where structures for mobilisation are important,NRM and FDC already exist and quite well established in most parts of the country.Until Mao’s emergence,DP was associated with Buganda.Now,even if he may begin to have a national presence,the main problem is going to be whether he can quickly have a strong constituency presence with a message so appealing to the rest of Uganda(more than 70%)not priviledged to be exposed to the electronic media.The daunting reality therefore is the need to use IPC as a vehicle for establishing a national presence at grass root level.With combined resources and clout,I think Mr Mao stands a good chance of taking the extra step he really need to before assuming presidency.On his own as a threat to Museveni on the ballot,the usual rigging will be applied and he may not have IPC come to back him when he is snubbing them now.Join IPC now like Odinga did against Moi,then compete later if not elected now to lead the IPC.It is a bitter pill but the only one to swallow.

  • 21 grant opiyo // Oct 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Ugandans today and tomorow need a clear headed young politician like nobert Mao.
    For long uganda have had no better fraternize leaders ready to acknowledge themselves as a soceital cream in sencere preparation to assume immediate future responsibility, time has come to wake up with Mr mao Dp hopefull for presidency 2011.
    Grant Opiyo a contender for LC5councillor Nwoya Town council under Dp ticket, God bless you.

  • 22 Taddeo // Nov 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    As we head towards 2011 Presidential Polls,this is the moment for all Ugandans to recall all the empty promises that have been made to them,the rampant corruption that has hit us for nearly 24 years as a few of us have continuously robed us with impunity and then say no to Pakalasiti chants.This is a time that the Lord has given us to entrust our country and the future of our sons and doughters to a man who can think byond tribe,political and religious divide,Mao.What a God sent gift to us Ugandans and the region around us.With him kids shall get meaningful education,our health care will be improved and above all,the corrupt shall become history.Best luck Mao.

  • 23 mutayise // Nov 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I appreciate JohnOtim’s observations. However half baked approaches do not last! This is my view of IPC. You can already see what is happening in the Kampala Mayoral race. Many more cracks in it are coming and by the end of the campaigns IPC may be no more.There can be chaos in the event of IPC taking the poll. Incidentally IPC is being imposed on the masses in Buganda by some misguided leaders in Buganda. DP on the other hand is deep seated in those who believe in it across the country and has mistakenly been associated with Buganda only. John please check History. It is a national party please.Indeed as my President says ” when a snake sheds its old skin it still remains a snake.” In Buganda there are those of us who believe that Besigye is no different from Museveni.

    Long live Mao! We need to keep DP moving and we are to get back all the misguided to your DP leadership.

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