Norbert Mao Apologizes
Democratic Party (DP) president, Norbert Mao apologises to journalists for arriving late for the press conference. File Photo

Democratic Party (DP) president, Norbert Mao apologises to journalists for arriving late for the press conference

Democratic Party (DP) president, Norbert Mao has filed an apology for arriving late at the DP’s weekly press conference held on Tuesday, August 13.

Mao was supposed to address the media, but he came in shortly after journalists had left the premises.

He, however, apologised saying his late coming was because he had events he had to attend beyond his control.

“I sincerely apologise for coming late for the Weekly DP Press Conference for Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 10:00 am. I was informed that you left the building in protest before I arrived. This is understandable and we have noted your concern. You made your point. While my delay the result of events outside my control, I truly regret that I arrived late. I value your time and it was never my intent to inconvenience you,” Mao’s apology stated.

“We are currently taking steps to ensure that our press conference starts on time and that I am never late again. I take complete responsibility for the entire sad episode and I hope that the healthy relationship between the media fraternity and the Democratic Party shall continue. Thank you so much for understanding,” Mao added.

Yesterday journalist walked out of the press briefing organised by DP party at their offices at City House in Kampala protesting Mao’s habitual late coming for the conference. Journalists say, they can no longer tolerate his late coming. 

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The democratic party usually hold a press conference every Tuesday starting at 10:00 am but by 11:00 am Mao was nowhere to be seen. And according to journalists, no DP leader has ever kept time for long now.

This protest was led by Shalif Lukenge, the Senior journalist at CBS radio station.

Lukenge says journalists are tired of being taken for granted whenever they appear to cover news stories at the DP’s weekly press conference.

“We want to be considered as important people, we have deadlines for the bulletins but whenever we come to DP offices we spend almost half a day on one assignment which is not fair,” CBS journalist Lukenge said.

Now I hope DP president Norbert Mao will keep his word and all other DP officials, to see that this never happens once again.