Nobert Mao Takes Leave of DP Office over Poor Health Top story

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Although he does not specify the period he is going to be out of office, Mao, who was recently diagnosed with Pneumonia, insists that he would only return after regaining his full strength.

Democratic Party President Norbert Mao's is forced to take leave of all party activities owing to his declining health. Mao made the announcement through his Facebook and Twitter accounts moments ago.

Although he does not specify the period he is going to be out of office, Mao, who was at the end of last year diagnosed with Pneumonia and hospitalized in Nairobi, insists that he would only return after regaining his full health.

"My Doctors have advised that I rest because when I left Nairobi, I found Amuru and Busia needed me. But as 2016 shapes up, I will take rest for some time," the post on his official Facebook page read.

In his absence from office, Mao said, the party would be steered by the regional vice chairpersons and other support staff at different levels of leadership. "We have 40 leaders who will steer the party in my absence," the posted read further. He however adds that the development does not tantamount to resigning.

"I would like to categorically refute the bogus news that I have resigned as President of the Democratic Party. I have however decided to take a break to continue my recuperation. I interrupted my recuperation to lead the campaigns in the Amuru and Busia by elections and I need time to regain my full strength. I remain President of the Democratic Party." he added.

Mao however faults the media for always targeting him and DP with distortion. He said there are elements in the media who are anxious to announce even his death.

//Cue in Mao: I am taking a break
Cue Out:….battles ahead//
Mao added that at an appropriate time, he will announce his decision on whether to offer himself as a DP President at the next delegate's conference.

"For now my focus is to continue to unify the party and ensure that all processes reflect the will of the entire party not sections of it. I welcome those who seek leadership positions in the party and those who seek to vie for elective positions under the banner of the Democratic Party," he added.

However, sources inside the party have revealed that Mao has been under intense pressure to discuss the party's road-map which will see another leader elected to the office.

Recently, DP leaders led by Buganda Vice Chairperson and Kawempe South MP Ssebuliba Mutumba are bent on forcing Mao out of the party's top position and rooting for Buikwe South MP Dr Lulume Bayiga.

In an attempt to disguise the campaign, Ssebuliba started a regional tour with Lulume clothed as consultation with the electorate. In return Mao suspended the process without giving any reason, a move which widened the wedge between the two camps.

But Mao, an insider says, has since also crafted an exit plan which involves the former spokesperson of the party Kenneth Kakande.

Until last week, Kakande was on suspension from the party. He however reunited with the Mao, a gesture interpreted as a move to thwart plans by Lulume group.