Norbert Mao

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Norbert Mao
Born (1967-03-12) 12 March 1967 (age 49)
Residence Gulu, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Acholi
Citizenship Uganda
Alma mater Makerere University
(Bachelor of Laws)
Law Development Centre
(Diploma in Legal Practice)
Yale University
(International Fellowship)
Occupation Lawyer and politician
Years active 1996 — present
Known for Politics
Home town Gulu
Religion Roman Catholic

Norbert Mao is a Ugandan politician and lawyer. He has been president of the Democratic Party since 2010,[1] and he served as the Local Council 5 chairman for Gulu District.

Early life and education[edit]

Mao was born on 12 March 1967. His father, Dusman Okee Sr. (5 January 1942 - 3 January 2016), was Acholi[2][3] and his mother was a Munyankole. Mao attended Mwiri Primary School in Jinja and briefly went to Wairaka College in Jinja District before attending Namilyango College, a prestigious all-boys boarding high school in Mukono District from 1982 until 1988. He then attended Makerere University between 1988 until 1991, graduating with a law degree. He served as the president of the Makerere University Students Guild between 1990 and 1991. He went on to obtain the Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in 1992. In 2003, Mao was admitted to Yale University, under the Yale World Fellows Program, where he spent one year at the New Haven, Connecticut campus.[4]


From 1992 until 1994, Mao worked as an associate attorney in the offices of Kabugo and Co. Advocates, a Kampala-based law firm. Between 1994 and 1996, he worked as a legal counsel for the Legal Aid Project of the Uganda Law Society in their Gulu office. In 1996, he was elected to the Parliament of Uganda, representing Gulu Municipality. While in parliament, he served on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and the Public Accounts Committee. He resigned from Parliament in 2006 and was elected chairman of Gulu District.

Mao is chairman of the East African chapter of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and member of its Secretariat.[4] Also, he helped found the Great Lakes Parliamentary Forum on Peace (AMANI Forum). He was instrumental in trying to bridge the gap between the Lord's Resistance Army rebels and the Ugandan government by lobbying for the passage of a general amnesty law aimed at bringing a peaceful resolution to armed conflict in northern Uganda.[5][6] He belongs to the Democratic Party and publicly indicated his intention to contest the 2011 Ugandan presidential elections, either as the nominee of his party or if not nominated on the party ticket, as an independent. He was elected as President of the Democratic Party on 20 February 2010 and ran for President of Uganda in the 2011 general election.[7] The DP faced a lot of challenges that led to a split and deep polarization at the height of the election. He attracted only a small share of the vote, and President Yoweri Museveni was elected to another term. Mao and Inter Party Coalition presidential candidates Kizza Besigye and Olara Otunnu, among others, protested the election results in spite of its early approval by international observers and the United States as largely free and fair.[8]

Personal details[edit]

Mao is married to Naomi,[7] and they have two sons. Mao speaks Luo, Luganda, Runyankole, and English fluently.[9] Mao is a step-brother to Daniel Kidega, the speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly.[10]


  1. ^ Charles Ariko, and Jude Kafuma (22 February 2010). "Uganda: Political Parties React to Mao DP Election". New Vision via Kampala. 
  2. ^ Jackson Kitara, and David Lumu (3 January 2016). "Mao's father dies aged 74". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Okuda, Ivan (3 January 2016). "Norbert Mao's father is dead". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Mao, Norbert (2000). "Norbert Mao's Curriculum Vittae" (PDF). Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  5. ^ YU (5 January 2016). "Meet the World Fellows: Yale University". New Haven, CT, USA: Yale University (YU). Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Allen, Karen (15 March 2007). "Uganda's war victims live on hope". London: British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Sheila Naturinda, and Emmanuel Mulondo (25 October 2010). "2011 UGANDA ELECTIONS: I'm the 'Obama' - Mao". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  8. ^ BBC (20 February 2011). "Uganda election: Yoweri Museveni wins fresh term". London: British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Ssali, Michael (17 January 2011). "I want a new beginning - Mao on the future". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Kiirya, Donald (4 January 2016). "Hundreds attend Mao father's funeral". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 

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Preceded by
John Ssebaana Kizito
President of the Democratic Party
2010 - Present
Succeeded by