By Mubiru Ivan
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has maintained its stand of not taking part in forthcoming Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) summit and National Dialogue.
On Monday, the FDC chairman Wasswa Birigwa said the party may not take part in the summit, arguing that there is no business for presidents to meet.
“I want to put it this way, as I speak now, the decision to participate is headed towards not participating and I will say the reason why; the reason is, the summit brings together presidents to agree or to stamp on something that has already been agreed. As far as we know, we have not been engaged in a discussion at a lower level which necessitates presidents to meet,” he said.
The summit, composed of presidents of political parties with representation in parliament is supposed to take place on Wednesday, December 12, at Speke Resort Munyonyo whereas the National Dialogue that is being organized by Inter-Religious Council and Elders’ Forum is scheduled for December 18.
During a meeting at FDC headquarters on Thursday, the party National Council said members will not be taking part in all engagements that involve President Yoweri Museveni due to the distrust they have in him.
“FDC National Council has unanimously passed a resolution instructing the Party bureaucrats not to participate in any meeting with Mr. Museveni,” revealed Ronald Muhinda, Dr Kizza Besigye’s aide.
Adding, “They strongly argue that the only way to remove Museveni junta is through struggle,”
Early this week, Democratic Party (DP) also quit IPOD summit.
Addressing journalists on Tuesday, the party spokesperson Kenneth Kakande said NRM has lost the moral authority, they do not have faith, instead they care about their stay in power.
“We state that as DP, in principle, we believe in meaningful dialogue but we cannot participate in a dialogue where its outcome is per-conceived as window dressing,” he alleged.
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