The NRM party Spokesperson, Rogers Mulindwa told URN in a phone interview that they didn’t receive a formal invite. He explained that contrary to usual practice, they only received a whatsapp message, which they thought could be followed up with a formal communication in vain.
The ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM
party has skipped the handover of the Interparty Organization for Democracy-
IPOD leadership from the Democratic Party-DP to the Forum for Democratic
Change- FDC party.
DP, which assumed the IPOD leadership on March
25th, 2019, handed over to FDC this morning at Fairway
hotel in Kampala. The function was witnessed by other IPOD members including
Justice Forum-JEEMA and Uganda People’s Congress- UPC.
However, NRM wasn’t
represented at the handover. The IPOD Executive
Secretary, Frank Rusa, says NRM didn’t communicate why they couldn’t make
despite being invited. However, he says that NRM has been a committed member
and that its absence sends no negative signals.
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party Spokesperson, Rogers Mulindwa told URN in
a phone interview that they didn’t receive a formal invite. He explained that
contrary to usual practice, they only received a whatsapp message, which they
thought could be followed up with a formal communication in vain. Mulindwa said
they wouldn’t have missed the handover because they always committed to IPOD
He said they only learnt that the event was indeed taking
place this morning and couldn’t do much. While handing over the IPOD leadership, the DP
President General, Norbert, noted that the DP had been able to maintain the unity
of IPOD and pushed for the realization of resolutions from the IPOD summit.
The summit resolved that regulations to the implementation of
the Public Order Management Act-POMA be drafted and suggested electoral reforms. Mao says the regulations were drafted and submitted to the Internal
Affairs Ministry. As for electoral reforms, Mao said that those tabled before
parliament were a mockery.
observed that while there is progress in IPOD, the organisation still faces
challenges including the rough behavior of NRM against opposition members.
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The FDC president, Patrick Amuriat reiterated the party
concern continued persecution of opposition members. FDC boycotted the previous
two summits accusing NRM of using the law to suppress opposition party
Amuriat says politics is about mobilization but they are not
able to do so effectively because government uses laws like POMA to crack down
on their activities. As the head of IPOD, Amuriat said FDC will ensure the organization’s
decisions are respected and that all parties have a level ground to operate.
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Justice James Ogoola from the Elder’s Forum of Uganda urged
the members to make IPOD work because it stands for best conflict resolution
mechanism, dialogue. Ogoola says while one would choose to strike, boycott,
stage a coup or start a war to express discontent and resolve conflict,
dialogue is the most supreme of all mechanism.
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Haji Hussein Kyanjo, who represented the JEEMA president,
Asumani Basalirwa urged members to avoid expressing their conflicts through
media. He asked members to have in house mechanisms to solve grievances rather
than lashing at each other in the media.
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IPOD is a platform that brings together parties
with representation in parliament including the National Resistance Movement
(NRM), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Democratic Party (DP), UPC and
Justice Forum (JEEMA) and is supported by the Netherlands Institute for
Multiparty Democracy (NIMD).
The IPOD leadership rotates among
subscribing parties. Each term lasts six months. After FDC, JEEMA will take
over the leadership.