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Mao Blasts FDC As IPOD Summit Begins

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.
Political party leaders including President Museveni at the openning of the IPOD Summit

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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 and activities.  

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.  

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