Speaker Kadaga Alitwala Rebecca has expressed happiness to Civil Society Organisation and Uganda elders forum for organizing a national dialogue saying that it is timely.
If goes according to the plan, the Inter-Religious Council will launch the National Dialogue process on 21 November 2018.
Kadaga while meeting the organisers of the national dialogue in Parliament on Thursday said that the intervention is long overdue.
“You can sense the anger of the people to speak and be heard. When you listen to radio programs, people have ideas but is anyone picking them up, is anyone taking action? I think this is a good opportunity for them,” Kadaga said.
She added that the current land crisis in the country is an indication that the country needs to come together and discuss the ways forward.
“There is an epidemic of evictions in the country; it has become a nightmare,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga however declined to contribute financial support towards the national dialogue but said she would ensure that a motion is introduced in Parliament.
“We shall take a resolution on this once we return from recess,” said Kadaga.
According to the Co-Chair of The Elders Forum and the Eminent Person’s Group, Justice James Ogoola, the National Dialogue seeks to bring Ugandans to discuss and build consensus on the Uganda they want.
“The process will mobilize citizens to think together as a nation beyond partisan interests,” said Ogoola.
Ogoola added that the dialogue will ensure the current peace and stability in the country will be preserved.
“In the absence of a sustainable mechanism for conflict transformation, the prevailing challenges of economic development, historical and current injustices, contested and violent electoral processes, land evictions and human rights abuses among others are likely to remain,” said Ogoola.
He said consultations were carried out all over the country in the last two years and the people agreed to the process because it offered them a rare opportunity to participate in matters that directly impact on their lives.