By Watchdog reporter
The Democratic party has warned of severe consequences for the Forum for Democratic Change that has decided to quit the Parliamentary Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD).
FDC told the media on Monday that the party was quitting IPOD until a new Memorandum of Understanding is adopted by all members.
Kira MP and party spokesman Ibrahim Semujju Nganda said the party’s Working Committee sitting last Friday decided to leave IPOD until it is fully restructured.
However, DP says FDC is headed for disaster for wanting to do things their own way. Addressing the media today, the party spokesman Paul Kakande warned that Opposition parties should not be working individually like FDC was doing. He warned them they will collapse if they go ahead and act as loners.
Kira Municipality MP Nganda stated that there is no IPOD now given the composition of the parties in parliament in this term.
He said, “There is no IPOD now; by the time we went into another term of office, FDC was the chair. You must understand that IPOD has a Summit which is a committee of Chairpersons of Political parties that are in Parliament according to the old Memorandum.”
Six parties signed the IPOD MoU namely FDC, NRM, DP, Jeema, CP, UPC and DP. However, CP and JEEMA are no longer occupying any seats in Parliament.
“To avoid confusion within IPOD following the issues that you all know, FDC will be out and will not participate in any activities other than working towards the restructuring and reconstituting the organization,” the FDC spokesman added.
It is understood that IPOD meeting with President Museveni led by DP secretary general Mathias Nsubuga whose highlight was the pleading to Museveni to pardon Besigye, announced some elements in FDC including Besigye himself.