NRM Dismayed by FDC’s Lack of Commitment to Dialogue

President Yoweri Museveni says he is committed to dialoguing with FDC

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has accused the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) of doing everything possible to curtail a dialogue aimed at bettering relations between the two sides.

The ruling party says its leader and Chairman Yoweri Museveni has been for more than a decade committed to holding talks with the opposition side, visit this site which however continues to treat this matter will casualness.

NRM’s Deputy Chairperson Mr. Ofwono Opondo raised this concern over the weekend; days after FDC snubbed a meeting at State House Entebbe between President Museveni and opposition members of parliament under the auspices of the Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD).

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The FDC leadership not only skipped the meeting at the last hour, but also publicly condemned particular issues that were discussed therein.

Opondo said while appearing on the political talk show the Capital Gang that while Museveni and the NRM have been ready to hold talks with the opposition, FDC “seems to be in state of war”

This he said was the reason they keep setting stringent conditions to make the meeting with Museveni unfeasible.

“The mindset of a faction in FDC which apparently now has taken control of the party is in a state of war,” he said. “They think that the balance of power in near equal; that’s why the set stringent conditions.

“But even in war, if you have been defeated or weakened, you can surrender unconditionally and there is no guarantee given to you.”

Opondo noted that after the 2001 general elections, President Museveni called former presidential candidates to have a dialogue and that the only person who refused to go was FDC’s Dr Kizza Besigye.

“They said they didn’t want to go to State House and take tea. What if over that cup of tea, you could reach certain agreements, even if the meeting has no agenda. You may not conclude on certain issues but at least you would have started,” said the NRM mouthpiece. “Unfortunately it is either their (FDC) way or no way.”

In April 2011 a few months after the general elections President Museveni invited the FDC together with other opposition parties, but these set what NRM termed as “tough preconditions.” Among these, President Museveni was to first apologize to them and the country publicly for the manner in which he had handled the “Walk to Work” protests.

In December 2013, Museveni again expressed readiness to hold talks with FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye and the Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. This meeting also didn’t materialize owing the opposition party’s conditions.

FDC said they were committed to talks and were willing to provide a ‘loyal opposition’ in a bid to reach compromise on peace building and stability in the country.

They however demanded that this meeting must be attended by all the other opposition parties, NGOs, religious leaders, academia, workers, peasants, persons with disabilities, soldiers and the police.

Speaking at the same radio talk show on Saturday, FDC Spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda reaffirmed their commitment to dialogue with the ruling government.

“Since 2001, various groups have been moving between State House and Najjanankumbi, seeking dialogue as a country,” he noted.

“We welcome the talks but there must be conditions; one of them is that we must have an agenda and we must agree on who chairs the meeting.

“The problem with Ugandans is that even when they pay a courtesy call at State House, they pretend to have gone for a dialogue. We would have gone long time ago if the matter was just a courtesy call to Mr. Museveni. We don’t want to reach there and he starts offering us cabinet positions,” stressed Hon Nganda.


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