In a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of IPOD, the party’s President Asuman said that they didn't have adequate time to discuss the agenda of the summit.
The Justice Forum Party-JEEMA has pulled out of the 3rd Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue-IPOD Summit. The summit will be held on Friday at Kololo
to the Executive Secretary of IPOD, the party’s President Asuman said
that they didn't have adequate time to discuss
the agenda of the summit.
is limited time by the respective party organs to exhaustively consider and
take a position on the agenda item and the obstinacy of the ruling party to
implement the resolution of previous Summit meeting," Basaalirwa wrote.
Monday, the Secretary-General of the National Resistance Movement-NRM
Justine Kasule Lumumba while at a press conference at Kabira Country club
announced the IPOD Summit that
will be conducted
under the theme " Dialogue for National Cohesion".
At the event, JEEMA was represented by their Secretary General Muhammad
Kateregga who had earlier on said the party would participate in
the summit which will be chaired by the NRM Chairman,
President Yoweri Museveni.
On Tuesday, JEEMA spokesperson Abdunood Kyamundu and the party
Deputy Secretary-General Fredrick Kasajja said that the party was undecided about
attending the meeting.
Kyamundu said they were hesitant to participate in a summit when there are
human rights violations like kidnaps happening in the country. He added that they need to know why some resolutions made at previous summits
have not been implemented. One of the resolutions is regarding
Order Management Act -POMA. IPOD passed regulations to guide the implementation
of the Act but they have never been tabled before parliament.
Kyamundu also accused the NRM of frustrating JEEMA's efforts to organize a summit during their tenure.
Executive Secretary of IPOD, Frank Rusa said that the summit will ao ahead despite JEEMA's boycott.
On Tuesday, Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, the FDC party
Spokesperson said that they will not attend because they cannot be seen to sit with a person jailing and torturing Ugandans.
FDC wants the
President to set free Ugandans jailed innocently and stop horrendous acts
against the citizenry.
IPOD is an organ that brings together parties with representation in Parliament
to dialogue on issues affecting the country and political players in the
Current members are the National Resistance Movement-NRM, Democratic Party-DP,
Forum for Democratic Change-FDC, Justice Forum-JEEMA and Uganda People's