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Opposition sets tough conditions to president Museveni

by James Ateenyi

The Leadership of opposition has listed constitution and electoral reforms as one of the main agenda in order to have discussion with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during their summit on December 12.

Other issues listed by oppositions includes; strengthening political parties, inclusiveness and bolstering democratic governance, human rights and the rule of law.

Opposition further stated that, in order to have Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) meeting, a neutral venue venue especially Speke Resort, Munyonyo, should be considered as a neutral venue for a meeting with the President instead of state house.

The terms by oppositions comes after president Museveni in October confirmed that he would attend the IPOD meeting in his capacity as the chairman of National Resistance Movement and not as the President.

“This summit will be a level-ground for the five political parties in Uganda therefore, expect no dominance,” said Mr Lawrence Okae, who represented Uganda Peoples Congress party on Friday.

The theme of the summit is: Strengthening multiparty governance in Uganda.
Organisers hope it will offer political rivals a platform to engage objectively about the future of Uganda.

IPOD members comprises of all political parties with representation in the parliament and they include; National Resistance Movement, Forum for Democratic Change, Democratic Party, Uganda Peoples Congress and Justice Forum or Jeema.

Forum for Democratic Change Vice President for Eastern Uganda hon Proscovia Salaamu Musumba has said that various obstacles have hampered Uganda’s transition to democracy as envisaged in 2005 when the country reverted to multiparty political dispensation.

“From the conduct of elections to the conduct of business in the Parliament, there is still a lot to be desired in terms of true democratic practices,” Ms Musumba noted.

Democratic Party Secretary General Gerald Siranda has however, said that their December 12 summit is not meant to circumvent the planned national dialogue being organsed by the Elders’ Forum, the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) and other stakeholders.

“We are not against the Elders Forum and we shall accord them the necessary support when time comes,” “However, the multiparty system in Uganda is dysfunctional and we need to rectify this ourselves, not waiting for the Elder’s Forum,” he said.

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