We Met Museveni With FDC’s Approval – DP

DP's Mathias Nsubuga suffered a stroke on Friday

Opposition Democratic Party (DP) has accused the strongest opposition party in the country, no rx the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) for ‘hypocritically’ denying earlier knowledge of the meeting with President Museveni under the Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) that took place over the weekend.

The FDC Deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija told the media on Monday that the party couldn’t attend the scheduled meeting with President Museveni since it was on short notice with no clear agenda.

Kaija noted that the party wouldn’t accept meeting with President Museveni before their working committee deliberated the matter. They also opposed the venue of the meeting, visit this since IPOD has its own offices.

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However, the DP Secretary General Mathias Nsubuga revealed today that FDC was simply acting in denial since their party Secretary General, Nathan Nandala Mafabi was central in drafting the message that was presented to President Museveni.

“We want to make it clear that we met Mr. Museveni in his capacity as the NRM National Chairperson and as President of Uganda; we wish to inform the public that we did this with the approval of FDC, who despite their absence at the meeting, were central in the drafting of the message that we presented to Mr. Museveni,” Nsubuga said.

“We were with Mafabi while drafting this document last week in Jinja at a retreat of the Council of Secretaries General and since FDC are the current chair of IPOD, it was him supposed to lead other parties before the president.

“He however called me requesting that I help him out since he was to be engaged in other party activities,” Nsubuga said.

The former Bukoto South Member of Parliament (MP) believes that the FDC leaders decided to snub the meeting due to the disagreements inside the party that is no longer a secret.

Nsubuga added that the Saturday meeting was cordial and involved discussions on the status of the former FDC President, Dr. Kizza Besigye who is currently in Luzira Prison and the Nakawa Division MP, Michael Kabaziguruka.

“We as a party reiterate that discourse, sitting at table and negotiating is what is best for this country. The thinking that each political camp should stick to themselves and destroy all channels of communication while hatching the ultimate plot on how to outdo all the adversaries is dangerous.”

“We need to recognize the fact that despite our differences and disagreements, we are all Ugandans and have to find a way on how to live and work together. It is on this note that we announce that another follow up meeting is to take place in the first week of August 2016 in which all interested stake holders shall be part.”


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