President Yoweri Museveni reportedly admitted last week that some of his presidential decisions were negatively affecting the work of other opposition political parties.
The President supposedly sounded the regret while meeting members of the parliamentary Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) at State House Entebbe on July 1st.
In the words of the opposition Democratic Party’s Parliamentary Chief Whip Hon Joseph Sewungu, decease http://cerlalc.org/wp-includes/deprecated.php Museveni “apologized” for using his authority to lure some opposition leaders out of their parties.
Mr Sewungu while appearing on the weekly Capital Gang talk show on Saturday said he had the minutes of the meeting at State House where President Museveni admitted that he was in the wrong when he appointed up to four opposition leaders into his cabinet in June.
Sewungu revealed that the president was accosted by DP’s IPOD representatives in the meeting led by party Secretary General Mathias Nsubuga, http://darkriver.net/wp-admin/includes/plugin.php who complained about the appointment of their own Hon Nakiwala Kiyingi as Junior Minister for Youth and Children Affairs.
“The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) representatives on the other hand were praising the President for appointing their members in cabinet, http://central-alarm.com/wp-admin/includes/class-bulk-plugin-upgrader-skin.php but DP told him it was unhappy with the practice of stealing our leaders,” said Sewungu.
“Hon Nsubuga said ‘we cannot allow this political poaching.’ The President actually had to apologize; yes. Museveni said this is not good for any party. The minutes are here with me.”
President Museveni’s Press Secretary Mrs. Lindah Nabusayi who first broke the news of the meeting at Entebbe was yet to reply to our requests for comments.
According to Sewungu the meeting also tackled a number of other issues, among them political persecution of opposition leaders, wherein the issue of Dr Kizza Besigye and other imprisoned opposition leaders came to the fore.
He denied however, that this was initially part of the agenda.
“No one went to State House to seek the release of Dr Besigye; we were discussing political harassment of Museveni’s competitors. That is how the names of Col Dr Kizza Besigye, Michael Kabaziguruka and Ingrid Turinawe came up.
“There is no way you can talk about political harassment in Uganda today without mentioning Dr Besigye.”
Sewungu added, “On the issue of Ms Ingrid, the President said that the police had acted overzealously. But on Dr Besigye and Kabaziguruka he said he had concrete information that these were planning to overthrow government. With Kabaziguruka he said his army officers had evidence that he and some soldiers were planning to kill him.”
Sewungu also revealed that the President agreed to dialogue more on political and electoral reforms, especially on reconstituting the Electoral Commission now that the electoral season is over.
He also concurred with the IPOD members on the funding of political parties.
“The members told him that the current formula of sharing Shs. 10billion in accordance with parliamentary membership was unfair. The NRM which has the majority takes nearly all the money. Museveni agreed that this should be revisited.”