Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) has called upon fellow opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to take up its responsibility of restructuring the parliamentary Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) instead of jumping out of it.
UPC stalwart, cialis 40mg http://cocktaildream.be/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/acceptance.php Michael Orachi Osinde told Chimpreports on Wednesday that FDC by choosing to option out of the opposition unifying body was being hypocritical.
“The recent decision by FDC to opt out of IPOD puts at risk the positive steps being taken to address all the country’s contentious political issues through dialogue, healing ” Osinde noted.
He said UPC was disappointed that FDC, ask which was party to the formation of IPOD was failing on its onw part to help unite the opposition.
“IPOD was formed after a request to the Netherlands Institute of Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) in 2009 by political parties in Uganda led by FDC. As a matter of fact, FDC has benefited from IPOD more than any other political party given their numerical strength in Parliament,” Osinde narrated.
Osinde noted that save for IPOD, opposition political parties were not receiving any funds from government and that through dialogue a number of achievements have been gained including influencing the granting of bail to FDC 2016 presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye.
IPOD members early this month met with President Yoweri Museveni at State House in Entebbe in the absence of FDC and requested that he released Dr Besigye.
The leading opposition part was unhappy with this meeting, and a few days later, declared its exit from IPOD.
FDC argued that they would not indulge further in activities of IPOD unless a new memorandum of understanding is signed by the four political parties that have representation in Parliament.
The party mouth piece, Ibrahim Semujju Nganda noted on Monday that IPOD ceased to exist after the end of the 2016 general elections which left two political parties, JEEMA and CP out of Parliament; thus nullifying the old MOU.
Osinde however, accused FDC for fronting such a simple administrative matter of amending the MOU which could have been easily resolved.
“It is the FDC as the current chair of IPOD that should have called for the meeting and tabled the agenda of amending the MOU; this is just a simple administrative matter.
Osinde further blamed the FDC secretary general, Nathan Nandala Mafabi for playing double standards by abstaining from a meeting with President Museveni at State House whose agenda of calling for the release of Dr. Besigye was tabled by him in the prior retreat.
Asked whether FDC was right to say that IPOD is no longer in existence since the old MOU that was signed by six member parties expired Osinde stated; “Apparently when a contract expires, there is a process for its renewal and it is incumbent upon the chairperson (FDC) to raise it on the agenda.”