Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The proposed National dialogue is important for Uganda because of its turbulent history and lack of economic and political transition, according to Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies-GLiSS.
The National dialogue is an impartial and independent platform that seeks to unite Ugandans to discuss and build consensus on the Uganda they want. It is set to happen on November 21st, 2018.
President, Yoweri has confirmed his participation. The National Dialogue is spearheaded by the Inter Religious Council of Uganda-IRCU, the Elders’s Forum of Uganda, Women’s Situation Room, Interparty Organisation for Dialogue-IPOD and Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda-CCEDU among others.
Godber Tumushabe, the Associate Director of the Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies has welcomed the proposed national dialogue, saying Uganda has had a turbulent history with contested elections and coupes characterized with violence.
He says the proposed national dialogue is very important to assure Ugandans of peace and Unity, adding that it should be embraced by all. According to Tumushabe, Uganda has failed to transition politically since it hasn’t had a peaceful transition from one president to another or one party to another.
He says Uganda has failed to achieve demographic transition by transforming the young population and creating certainty for them. Tumushabe also notes that there hasn’t been an economic transition, saying there is need to change this through dialogue to help Uganda to move away from an economy that relies on nature.
He says there a competing between those who feel the situation is dire and those who are happy with the status quo.
The dialogue is expected to attract political party heads, academia, government, media, civil servants and scholars among others. Some Political Parties like the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) have set conditions for them to be able to attend the dialogue, saying there should be impartiality and a fair umpire for the dialogue.