DP Campaign Rally in Arua Flops

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A campaign rally organized for Norbert Mao, Democratic Party president in Arua has flopped because of a low turn out of voters. Mao arrived in Arua last evening, where a campaign rally had been organized to take place at Boma grounds today starting at 2:00pm By 2:00pm only about 50 people including DP officials and local journalists had turned up for the rally despite the massive publicity mobilization campaign. The organizers of the campaign rally waited for the crowd to build up in vain until up to 6 pm when the rally was called off. In his address to the few people at the rally, Fadil Lemeriga, a DP official in Arua explained that the rally was called off because Norbert Mao was still in Yumbe and could not make it in time for the rally. Lemerigo said that the rally had been moved to Friday morning and urged the residents to come in large numbers to listen to the Democratic Party president. The decision to cancel the rally did not go down well with some of the people who hard turned up for the address. Constantine Apamaku, one of the people who turned up for the rally accused DP officials in Arua for failing to mobilize enough people to come and attend the rally like it has been the case with other parties. He said the postponement of the rally is a clear sign of the poor leadership of the party in West Nile. Apamaku wants the organizers of Mao's rallies in West Nile to resign and hand over to competent people. Peter Buga, another resident did not have kind words for Mao and DP officials in Arua. He warned that unless the party leadership puts its act together he will be forced to support candidates from other parties. This is not the first time a DP rally is flopping in Arua. In 2006, a rally organized for Democratic Party President John Ssebaana Kizito was a big flop.


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.