The Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana has said all
political parties under the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (iPod) should participate
in the National Dialogue.
Founded in 2009, iPod is a
forum for leaders of political parties with representation in Parliament to
engage on matters of common interest and concern.
Meeting members of the Inter-Party
Organization for Dialogue-iPod at Golf View
Hotel on Wednesday, Rukutana said that the leaders of the political parties
should use the dialogue's consultative forum to
address issues of concern.
He, however, said that should the political leaders refuse to attend the dialogue, it will still go-ahead.
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Last year, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party announcing
did not participate in the iPod summit
with leaders of other political parties.
Abedi Bwanika, the leader of the People’s Development Party called
for a law on the National Dialogue that would compel the NRM to implementing
the resolutions of the dialogue.
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In December, President Museveni launched the process of the Uganda National
The national dialogue coordinating team is represented by the
Office of the Prime Minister, which will work with the Group of Six that
include Interreligious Council of Uganda, The Elders Forum of Uganda, Women
Situation Room, Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy, National
Consultative Forum, and Inter-party Organisation for Dialogue.
Justice James Ogoola the Chairman of the National Dialogue
Convening Organisations said there are eight issues that have so far been
agreed upon. They are national diversity, political consensus, national values,
land and natural resources, historical questions, constitutionalism and rule of
law, minimum standards for public service, the economy, and implementation
Gerald Siranda, the Secretary-General
of the Democratic Party says, for dialogue to have impact, Museveni should be
treated as a leader of a Political Party, the NRM and not President.