Like in the first summit, FDC has participated at council level but refused to attend the summit. Mao said at the opening of the IPOD summit on Monday Evening at Protea hotel in Entebbe that those snubbing.
The chairperson for the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD),
Nobert Mao has blasted the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) for continuously snubbing
the IPOD summit despite calls for dialogue with the ruling National Resistance
Movement Party Chairperson Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on increased inhuman
treatment of opposition politicians.
Like in the first summit, FDC has participated at council
level but refused to attend the summit. Mao said at the opening of the
IPOD summit on Monday Evening at Protea Hotel in Entebbe that it is not good snubbing the summit.
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The dialogue is meant to bring together leaders of different political parties and the council, a forum of Secretary Generals of political parties.
The council executive is responsible for proposing ideas and drafting documents
which are later submitted to the summit of leaders for approval.
Mao who was flanked by the UPC party President Jimmy Akena
and JEEMA Chairperson Mohammad Kibirige Mayanja told president Museveni that
the opposition is willing to hold meaningful discussions with government so as
to improve democracy in the country.
He also decried continued harassment of Opposition
politicians by security forces and asked President Museveni to rein on them.
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Well as such issues were discussed in the first IPOD Summit last
year, Mao wondered why security forces continued to bar opposition processions
The summit delayed after one of the members of IPOD summit President
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni reached the summit venue late in the evening.
IPOD General Secretary Frank Rusa commended Political Party
heads for engaging in dialogue as one way to improve democracy in the country.
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Later in the evening the Summit members who include party chairmen and Secretary
Generals were engaged in a closed door session.