“We cannot pretend to be having a dialogue when the government is lawless,” Democratic Party President Norbert Mao has said.
Mao says the framework and parameters for convening the national dialogue are not clear enough hence would not waste his time attending.
The National Dialogue is due to be launched on November 21, 2018 to reconcile feuding leaders and ensure political harmony in the country.
While addressing media during a breakfast meeting at Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Mao said: “We are not satisfied with the framework proposed and the environment in which the dialogue will be convened.”
He added: “We believe that for there to be meaningful and fruitful dialogue, the correct environment should exist.”
Mao said the lawlessness in government is undermining the environment that will be vital for constructive dialogue hence he cannot pretend to be going for a national dialogue when rights to organise are being undermined.
According to Mao, the current sabotage of opposition events by security officers is a signal that government is not willing to listen to the views of the Opposition.
“We cannot sit at a round table with government which is intolerant and continuously torturing and brutalising Ugandans.”
The dialogue is being convened by the Inter-religious Council of Uganda (ICRU), a network organisation that works to achieve peace and harmony within Uganda.