Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Maj. Gen Kahinda Otafiire casts doubt on the necessity for a National Dialogue in Uganda.
Otafiire says that National dialogue is acceptable in only movement system where governance is based on consensus and most unlikely under a multiparty dispensation.
His comments come on the backdrop of arrangements by the Inter Religious Council of Uganda, an umbrella body for key religious denominations together with the Elders Forum, and Civil Society Organizations intend to launch a process for National Dialogue. The goal of the National Dialogue Process is to agree on a new national consensus to consolidate peace, democracy and inclusive.
However key players in the government and opposition political parties remain non-committed the process, due to be launched on November 21.
Otafiire explains that Multiparty is a competition where people give mandate to one party to lead them for five years after all interested parties present ideas to them. He added that the NRM government needs time to implement its manifesto till another election.
Kahinda revealed that National Dialogue could only be accepted if the country was in the movement system or under a failed state.
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But Patrick Amuriat, the President For Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party says that Kahinda's statements confirm their suspicion that President Yoweri Museveni has never been interested in dialogue.
Amuriat says that FDC believes in dialogue for purposes of bringing peace in the country.
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Recently Opposition political parties listed seven demands if they are to participate in the exercise. They included a clear agenda and guarantee of mutual respect for the outcomes of the talks, the composition of the participants, modalities of convening and arrangements of independent financing of the dialogue.
But yesterday Dr Maggie Kigozi a member of the Elders' Forum reiterated the need for National Dialogue saying it won't address only political issues but among others economic and service delivery.