We don’t trust Museveni, says FDC as DP quits IPOD summit

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Sarah Eperu

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party says it will not be part of the Inter- party Organisation for Dialogue (Ipod) summit because of distrust for President Museveni.

“FDC is a party that wants peace, we have tried to change government through elections but it has not happened,” said Sarah Eperu, Spokesperson FDC Women’s League.

Eperu who was Friday morning appearing on NTV television, said when elections are done and votes are rigged, then maybe another methodology must be used to change government.

She said Museveni deliberately doesn’t want any opposition party to exist hence the environment is not conducive for the dialogue.

“We do not trust Museveni because, we are going into the summit but what’s the guarantee that what we shall discuss will be worked on.”

She suggested that Museveni should let opposition parties work as freely as NRM does.

But Rogers Mulindwa, Spokesperson NRM Secretariat, who was appearing on the same show, said: “If we had a vibrant opposition, we would have things taken to another level.”

DP too quits

Addressing a weekly press conference in Kampala, Democratic Party (DP) spokesperson, Kenneth Kakande, said they too will not be part of IPOD summit.

Kakande said NRM has lost the moral authority, they do not have faith, instead they care about their stay in power.

“We state that as DP, in principle, we believe in meaningful dialogue but we cannot participate in a dialogue where its outcome are pre-conceived as window dressing,” Kakande told press.

Ipod was founded in 2009 as a forum for leaders of political parties with representation in Parliament to engage on matters of common interest.

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