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Mao Becomes Fifth Politician to Declare 2021 Presidential Bid

Norbert Mao

Norbert Mao of the Democratic Party (DP) is the fifth person to announce he will stand as a presidential candidate in 2021 general elections.

Mao told reporters in Kampala on Tuesday that one did not need a prophet to tell them that he (Mao) will stand for president in 2021.

He added that he “will run for president and become president or die trying”.

This will be Mao second time to run for the same seat in a decade.

In 2011, he came third out of the eight candidates, polling 147,917 of 8,272,760 votes cast.

Others who have announced they will contest for president in 2021 include long-serving president Yoweri Museveni.

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has already endorsed Museveni as its sole candidate for 2021 and beyond.

Dr Kizza Besigye, Museveni’s key opponent in the last four elections, and his People’s Government, insist Ugandans should not wait for 2021 to remove Museveni.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Besigye’s party, is yet to pick a candidate for the election.

Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine, a new kid on the political block and also Kyadondo East MP, has also declared he will run for president.

Analysts say Bobi Wine could win a considerable number of votes from youths in urban areas of Buganda of the central region.

Two women have also declared they will run for president.

Last month, youthful lawyer Phiona Mirembe told The Tower Post she would challenge Museveni at the ballot.

The second woman to announce her bid is 2016 presidential candidate Maureen Faith Kyalya.

Kyalya recently told Daily Monitor she would be her new political party’s flag bearer.

Kyalya polled 42,833 of the total 10,329,131 votes cast.

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