Akena agreed with DP President Mao, saying he would also like to see President witness a swearing in ceremony of a President that is not him.
The Inter-party Organisation for Dialogue [IPOD] summit got underway Wednesday at Speke Resort hotel in Munyonyo featuring major political parties in the country save for Forum for Democratic Change [FDC].
Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, remarked: “It looks like FDC having recently got split, the remainders led by Patrick Amuriat are unsure of the direction to take on this IPOD Conference today. Not yet seen at the venue.”
The conference was attended by Democratic Party President Norbert Mao, NRM chairman President Museveni and his secretary general, Justine Lumumba, Jeema leader Asuman Basalirwa and Jimmy Akena of the Uganda People’s Congress [UPC] party.
Parties with a representation in Parliament (except FDC), civil society, religious leaders are all present at the first IPOD summit since multiparty politics was re-introduced.
Speaking at the summit, UPC Party President, Jimmy Akena, said it is on such days that he gets a feeling that as Ugandans “we can do more if we offer ourselves more understanding”.
He said many issues come out of lack of communication.
“I know there those that complained that dialogue has to go beyond political actors and I agree with that but it is us as political leaders to take the lead in this process.”
“I am glad to have been part of this. It is days like this that I feel we moving forward as a country. I will continue to support dialogue irrespective of the comments.”
Akena agreed with DP President Mao, saying he would also like to see President Museveni witness a swearing in ceremony of a President that is not him.
Commenting on the dialogue, Senior Presidential Press secretary, Don Wanyama, said there comes a time when country must supersede parochial party interests.
“It is foolhardy for FDC to boycott critical conversations around the country’s politics. Anyway, no boycotter in Uganda’s political history has really succeeded.”
IPOD Conference facilitator Brian Kagoro from Zimbabwe told the opposition parties to dis-abuse their usual mantra of IMF, (saying it’s Museveni’s Fault).