The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has rejected any insinuation made by colleagues in the Inter Party Dialogue (IPOD) that they are reluctant to take up the leadership of this voluntary organisation upon expiry of the term of office of the Democratic Party (DP).
The term of office for the Democratic Party expired on September 25th and we legally according to the Memorandum of Understanding, took over the IPOD leadership.
According to the MOU, IPOD leadership rotates every after six months.
The FDC therefore is currently both the chair of the IPOD Summit and IPOD Council, said FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda.
The Summit is composed of leaders of political parties and the Council is composed of the Secretary Generals and other four representatives. The Government and Opposition Whip are also members of the Council.
The DP President General Hon. Nobert Mao and DP Secretary General Dr. Gerald Siranda have been the IPOD leaders respectively.
The FDC has taken over and await the official handover ceremony and handover reports from both Hon. Mao and Dr. Siranda.
The DP took over IPOD on March 25th 2019. The FDC Secretary General Hon. Nandala Mafabi will in consultation with the IPOD Summit Chair Hon. Eng. Patrick Amuriat present proposals on the issues the FDC wants IPOD to consider in the next six months of our leadership.
“We are aware of some manoeuvre by some IPOD colleagues to illegally handover leadership to another party. They want to skip FDC because it refused to sit on the same table with the dictator Yoweri Museveni,” Nganda told press on Monday.
“The FDC would like to remind the country and our colleagues in IPOD that this organization was formed to strengthen multiparty in Uganda and a culture of democracy.”
IPOD Council sat and agreed on management of public rallies and meetings sometime back in Munyonyo.
“We, the five political parties represented in Parliament, agreed on a set of regulations. They were supposed to be ratified by the Summit.”
He added: “Unfortunately, when our colleagues convened a not fully constituted Summit, Museveni refused to sign on the agreed regulations. He told them that he had given different instructions to his security chiefs and he needed to convene a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the IPOD regulations.”
He said to date, Museveni has not convened the National Security Council to reverse his draconian orders. As a result, FDC rallies and meetings are still being interfered with.
“The FDC considers access to the population a major issue in the political processes of our country. Removing the military and Police from our politics if achieved, will be the single most important thing IPOD has ever done. Negotiating an end to the life presidency will be another milestone. This is what the IPOD must strive to achieve.”
“There are colleagues who accuse us of benefitting from IPOD money yet we don’t want to meet with Museveni. We want and we will advise colleagues not to create an impression out there that IPOD is all about money.”