Opposition political party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has revealed that it intends to focus the efforts of the Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) towards regime change as well as ensuring parties can freely hold political rallies.
This was revealed by the party spokesperson, Ibrahim Semunju Nganda on Monday. He noted that the party is ready to take up IPOD leadership contrary to claims that the party had rejected taking up leadership.
“The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) rejects any insinuation made by some of our colleagues in the IPOD that we are reluctant to take up the leadership of this voluntary organization upon expiry of the term of office of the Democratic Party (DP),” Semujju said.
The term of office for the Democratic Party expired on September 25 and according to the IPOD Memorandum of Understanding, FDC is supposed to take over leadership.
IPOD leadership rotates among members every after six months. The FDC therefore is currently both the chair of the IPOD Summit and IPOD Council.
The DP President General, Nobert Mao and DP Secretary General, Dr. Gerald Siranda have been the IPOD leaders respectively and will officially handover to Patrick Amuriat and Nathan Nandala Mafabi respectively.
“The FDC has taken over and await the official handover ceremony and handover reports from both Hon. Mao and Dr. Siranda. The FDC Secretary General Hon. Nandala Mafabi will in consultation with the IPOD Summit Chair Hon. Eng. Patrick Amuriat present proposals on the issues the FDC wants IPOD to consider in the next six months of our leadership,” Semujju said.
He added, “We are aware of some maneuver by some IPOD colleagues to illegally handover leadership to another party. They want to skip FDC because it refused to sit on the same table with the dictator Yoweri Museveni.”
Semujju said that the country should be reminded that IPOD was formed to strengthen multiparty in Uganda and a culture of democracy.
“IPOD Council sat and agreed on management of public rallies and meetings sometime back in Munyonyo. We, the five political parties represented in Parliament, agreed on a set of regulations. They were supposed to be ratified by the Summit.”
“Unfortunately, when our colleagues convened a not fully constituted Summit, Museveni refused to sign on the agreed regulations. He told them that he had given different instructions to his security chiefs and he needed to convene a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the IPOD regulations,” Semujju noted.
He added that to date, Museveni has not convened the National Security Council to reverse his draconian orders.
“As a result, our rallies and meetings are still being interfered with”.
“The FDC considers access to the population a major issue in the political processes of our country. Removing the military and Police from our politics if achieved, will be the single most important thing IPOD has ever done. Negotiating an end to the life presidency will be another milestone. This is what the IPOD must strive to achieve.”
“There are colleagues who accuse us of benefitting from IPOD money yet we don’t want to meet with Museveni. We want and we will advise colleagues not to create an impression out there that IPOD is all about money”.