Former Presidential candidate, Dr. Abed Bwanika, has declared the Interparty Organisation for Dialogue [IPOD] illegal, the reason why government continues to ignore their resolutions.
In 2010, the six parliamentary parties, with NIMD’s support, established an informal interparty dialogue process (IPOD).
Establishing this marked a turning point in multiparty politics in Uganda as both the ruling party and opposition committed to regularly engaging with each other in a dialogue process.
“IPOD has no provision in the law. It was just a club of people who were involved. There is nothing binding in IPOD. Anything not supported by law is null and void,” he said on Monday morning while appearing on NBS “Morning Breeze” programme.
According to Dr. Bwanika, since its inception, IPOD members have agreed on several resolutions but government has never considered or implemented them anywhere.
“IPOD has no impact at all. On whether we have multipartism, that’s another question. We can’t have multipartism when we don’t have political parties. You are talking about small parties, even the big parties don’t exist.”
Bwanika says Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] and Democratic Party [DP] were duped. It has taken them 10 years to realise that they were duped, he noted.
He said the most successful project of President Museveni is the 1995 Constitution because it hid all the power from the people of Uganda and they masqueraded with it as the most powerful document in the country.
According to the President of the People’s Development Party, if people don’t have power to determine how they should be governed by their president, then they don’t have power.
“That sovereignty was carried away by a certain group of people. Ugandans think they have power. If they had power, they would have been consulted on age limit.”
Bwanika said Museveni didn’t manipulate the constitution. He decided what he wanted to be put in the Constitution in 1995. He saw 2021 in 1995.
“In 1995, Museveni sat and planned for 30 years ahead. We need to rethink our position of our opposition.”
He said Kizza Besigye’s “Tubalemese” campaign aimed at boycotting companies owned by NRM members ended before it started.
“We need to put our resources together and think — ideas don’t need numbers, they need quality people.”
Bwanika suggests a framework that will usher Uganda into a transition. “All of us must agree that there is no multi party politics and we should take out democracy to the people.”