Opposition leaders reveal agenda for Museveni meet

By DORCUS MURUNGI

Kampala. Leaders of Opposition flagged constitutional and electoral reforms as one of the four key issues they plan to discuss with President Museveni during their summit on December 12.
The other items on the agenda include; strengthening political parties, inclusiveness and bolstering democratic governance, human rights and the rule of law.
Opposition announced that as members of the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD), they chose Speke Resort, Munyonyo, as a neutral venue for a meeting with the President.
President Museveni already agreed last month to attend the meeting in his capacity as national chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), and not as the President.
“This summit will be a level-ground for the five political parties in Uganda therefore, expect no dominance,” said Mr Lawrence Okae, who represented Uganda Peoples Congress party yesterday.
The theme of the summit is: Strengthening multiparty governance in Uganda.
Organisers hope it will offer political rivals a platform to engage objectively about the future of Uganda.
Political parties with representation in the August House include; National Resistance Movement, Forum for Democratic Change, Democratic Party, Uganda Peoples Congress and Justice Forum or Jeema.
The FDC vice chairperson for eastern region, Ms Salaamu Musumba, said numerous hurdles have hamstrung Uganda’s transition to democracy as envisaged in 2005 when the country reverted to multiparty political dispensation.
“From the conduct of elections to the conduct of business in the Parliament, there is still a lot to be desired in terms of true democratic practices,” Ms Musumba noted.
According to Mr Gerald Siranda, the DP secretary-general, their December 12 summit is not meant to circumvent the planned national dialogue being organsed by the Elders’ Forum, the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) and other stakeholders.
“We are not against the Elders Forum and we shall accord them the necessary support when time comes,” “However, the multiparty system in Uganda is dysfunctional and we need to rectify this ourselves, not waiting for the Elder’s Forum,” he said.

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