The Forum for Democratic Change party- FDC says it is ready to
take over leadership of the Inter-Party Dialogue (IPOD).
IPOD is supported by Netherlands Institute for Multiparty
Democracy (NIMD). The
parties subscribing to IPOD include; National Resistance Movement (NRM), Forum
for Democratic Change (FDC), Democratic Party (DP), UPC and Justice Forum
(JEEMA), who have representation in Parliament.
FDC will take over from the Democratic Party-DP whose term expired on September 25th.
Speaking to journalists at the party headquarters on Monday, FDC
spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda dismissed allegations that the party was
reluctant to take up the leadership of IPOD saying FDC is ready and
awaiting official handover from DP.
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Ssemujju says that by FDC taking over chairmanship of IPOD, it
will be great a milestone and a leveled ground for all parties. He
says that the National Resistance Movement-NRM Party has continued to
frustrate programs by the opposition parties.
Last year in December during the IPOD summit held in Munyonyo, the
opposition complained of security interfering with their rallies using the
Public Order Management Act 2013. They said their freedom of expression and
association were being infringed upon.
In response, President Yoweri Museveni said his government would only respect
such freedoms if they are not disguised to cause chaos and instability.
The Secretary-General of DP Gerald Blacks Siranda, says that DP is
ready to hand over leadership to FDC. He says initially they had written to
the party asking them if they will take over leadership but they did not
He says that they were not sure if FDC will accept leadership
of IPOD since it boycotted last year’s IPOD summit.