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FDC demands violent free political environment to advance IPOD agenda

FILE PHOTO: FDC party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC wants government to explain the violence directed at opposition politicians if they are to sit and discuss under the Interparty Organization for Dialogue – IPOD.

The FDC party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda told journalists during the weekly press briefing that they cannot organise other parties to meet with President Yoweri Museveni in the IPOD summit when even FDC cannot meet freely.

He cited the recent incidents where Rita Nabukenya and Daniel Kyeyune both People Power activists were reportedly killed by violence perpetrated by government agents.

FDC has previously snubbed the IPOD summit the highest dialogue meeting involving presidents of all IPOD member parties demanding that government stops the violence against opposition members.

According to Semujju, the IPOD council which comprises of secretaries of all parties under IPOD is was to meet and discuss the violent political atmosphere in the country as the 2021 general elections draw nearer.

Today, the council led by the chairperson who is also the FDC General Secretary, Nathan Nandala Mafabi will meet the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunds to reassert the right interpretation of the Public Order Management Act (POMA).

The meeting he says has been necessitated by the continuing violence against the opposition ahead of the elections.

FDC has less than four months to complete its six months tenure as head of IPOD having taken over in November 2019 from the Democratic Party. In February this year, the IPOD council met with intentions to discuss activities to be conducted but not roadmap was issued thereafter.

Salam Musumba, who sat in for Nandala during that meeting told URN that the meeting had noted that a number of decisions taken in previous summits but are yet to be worked upon. The meeting hence resolved that previous decisions be fast-tracked before embarking on any further discussions.

They asked that government works on regulations for POMA as a measure to stop its abuse by security and also those electoral reforms be passed.

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