By Mable Nakibuuka
The leaders of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party have revealed that the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) must first audit the anomalies in the 2021 general election before they can hold a summit.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is set to meet opposition leaders at the IPOD summit during which he will be chairperson, this Friday, at Kololo Independence Grounds.
However, the FDC party has already expressed that it is not interested in being part of the summit, because they cannot sit at the same table with their ‘tormentor.’
Nathan Nandala Mafabi, who is the FDC Secretary General, has cemented the party’s resolution not to attend IPOD by writing a letter to the organisers of the summit, stipulating reasons why they will not attend.
“As you are aware we have just concluded an election which was mismanaged by the Electoral Commission with the help of military and other security agencies. As a Party we are still auditing the elections with all its related anomalies,” Nandala letter reads in part.
It continues that; “We are informed that you want to hold a summit meeting, without allowing parties through their organs to discuss the Agenda of the said Summit. Our Council members are supposed to present the Agenda with minutes to the Party for endorsement.
For us as a party, we think that IPOD should have first audited and discussed the 2021 General elections since it had very many irregularities.”
Nandala notes that; “We are aware that in Summit you deal with the agreed positions from Council meeting based on each Party position. For us as FDC, we have to go through our Party structures first. We are not a one man party.”
He concludes by saying that; “Therefore before the above Issues are addressed, the Forum for Democratic Change will not be available for the summit which is hurriedly organized to discuss an agenda not agreed in the party.”
But according to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General, the IPOD summit shall be held as scheduled whether FDC attends or not.
This is because there are some opposition parties that have since expressed their interest to be part of the summit like Democratic Party (DP), Uganda Peoples Congress, JEEMA among others.
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