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FDC to Museveni: We Want Peace Talks

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illness http://concasol.org/wp-content/plugins/revslider/views/templates/slides_gallery.php sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 200%;”>The party confirmed on Monday morning that they had advocated for such talks since 2004 and that this time they would like to offer the ruling party what they termed as a ‘Loyal Opposition’ in a bid to reach compromise on peace building and stability in the country.

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Museveni agreed two weeks ago to dialogue with the opposition parties who were the main perpetrators of the fracas that for days shook the capital and the country as a whole.

The president made the concession in Lwengo district, search where he had gone to attend the 25th wedding anniversary of Hon Gertrude Nakabira Lubega, the district woman MP and her husband Herbert Lubega.

“It was only a few people making trouble like [Dr Kizza] Besigye and [Erias] Lukwago but I’m ready to dialogue with the opposition,” Museveni said.

“It is very good that Mathias Nsubuga [Bukoto South MP] has talked about it and I am going to invite [the opposition] for more talks,” he stressed.

Addressing press at their party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, FDC declared their readiness for the talks, if the president essentially meant what he said.

“We understand that Museveni has put our people through a lot, especially the Lord Mayor and Col. Kiiza Besigye, whom they have incarcerated and locked up in their homes plus all the other things unbecoming for any president,” said party spokesperson Hon Wafula Oguttu.

“But we are willing and prepared to hold talks with him, for as long as we are assured that he doesn’t want to simply have a photo with us at State House for publication all around the media.”

Observers are likely to argue that opposition could be looking at a power-sharing deal with the President after failing to remove him from office through protests and presidential elections.

Security forces have always crushed any form of uprising instigated by the opposition while Museveni and NRM maintains a good lead in general elections.

This could have dampened the hopes of some opposition leaders who have for over a decade been struggling to access State House.

The idea, Oguttu said, was to agree on how to work together as Ugandans towards the development and transformation of the country.

“We would like to offer the NRM a loyal opposition; – one that one that recognizes that president Museveni legally won the election and should be allowed to serve until his term expires. But if they keep treating us this way; inhumanly and unconstitutionally, then we will have to fight back.”

Conditions

Among other conditions the party are setting for Museveni to consider before inviting them, is making it a national dialogue that addresses crosscutting issues affecting whole country, including electoral and constitutional reforms.

He added that it ought to be attended not just by political parties, but also NGOs, religious leaders, academia, workers, peasants, Persons with disabilities, soldiers and the police.

“We want to first agree on the moderator because it cannot be Museveni himself chairing the dialogue and also the venue must not be State House.”

“There should also be consensus on the resolutions that come out of the meeting, who exactly will be responsible for their implementation and in what timeframe,” he added.

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