Forum for democratic change party-The FDC has reiterated commitment to participate in the upcoming national dialogue but wants the organizers to clarify on some terms and conditions.
The national dialogue coming on the 21st of November 2018 is organized by the inter-religious council of Uganda and the elders Forum headed by former principal judge James Ogoola.
Speaking in an interview with Lira based Qfm l on Thursday, Patrik Amuriat Oboi said as FDC, they are willing to sit on a round table with the ruling national resistance movement party and other opposition political parties in the country to chat away forward on Uganda’s political future.
Oboi says such a dialogue is crucial for Uganda’s democracy, good governance and the rule of law but warned that FDC will pull out of the national dialogue if clear terms are not put on table.
Among the key demands pressed by Oboi are the agenda of the dialogue, composition of the participants, modalities of convening and arrangements of independent financing of the dialogue.
Meanwhile Democratic Party president general Norbert Mao has still maintained his stand that his party will not partake of the upcoming political round table discussion
According to Mao, there is no need for opposition parties to pretend to be having a dialogue when the government is lawless.
Mao adds that lawlessness in government is undermining the environment that will be vital for constructive dialogue..
Dr.Olara Otunu,former Uganda people’s congress party president who is among the delegation leading the talks yesterday told Qfm that the opposition will first hold a pre-national dialogue and agree on the critical issues to be tabled for discussion in the national dialogue.
James Michael Akena, who leads a faction of UPC as party president says he is in great support of the scheduled national dialogue and urged other opposition political parties in the country to embrace it.
Akena says the current political challenges that have nearly drawn a battle line between government and the opposition is a crisis that needs to be discussed to get Uganda back on the right.
Bishop Tom Ibrahim Okello of Elim ministries church of All Nations is a member of the interreligious council of Uganda .He tells Qfm that the church is concerned with the degenerating political situation in the country and asserted that they would do everything within their means to convene the dialogue.