Muhammad Mayanja, the Chairman of JEEMA, says that the summit passed regulations regarding the implementation of the Public Order Management Act- POMA, which are yet to be implemented by the government.
Political Parties under the Inter-party Organization for Dialogue-IPOD have
asked the government to implement resolutions that were passed by the IPOD summit.
The call was made on Tuesday at Mestil Hotel in Kampala where IPOD member
parties converged to welcome a new member - the People's Progressive Party-PPP.
The party has one seat in parliament following the victory of Santa Abalo Okot
as Member of Parliament Aruu North County.
say that various summit resolutions have remained on paper. The summit is a
meeting between heads of IPOD member political parties.
Muhammad Mayanja, the Chairman of JEEMA, says that the summit passed
regulations regarding the implementation of the Public Order Management Act-
POMA, which are yet to be implemented by the government.
of Secretaries-General drafted POMA regulations which were sent to the Security
Council. Mayanja says that heads of
parties agreed that in the implementation of POMA, Police shall not give
permission to the public before holding a public sitting but rather be
Mayanja added that the summit agreed to increase the amount of money given to
political parties as provided for under the Political Parties and Political Organizations’
Act from 10 billion shillings to 35 billion shillings. They further
agreed that funds be shared equally during the election year not based on
Mayanja says that although the government has implemented the increment, they
are yet to share the fund equally during the Election year. He adds that
currently, the NRM party which has the largest number of Members of Parliament
takes the lion share.
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Harold Kaija, the Deputy Secretary-General of the FDC says that failure to
implement resolutions and fulfilling the objectives of IPOD could be the reason
why some members have shunned joining the Organization.
Following the January 2021 elections, two parties, the PPP and the National
Unity Platform-NUP secured seats in parliament and qualified to join IPOD. Both
parties were invited to join IPOD but while PPP welcomed the invite, NUP rejected
it citing failure to implement summit resolutions.
says that FDC projected that IPOD would be a vehicle to a peaceful transition
of power but what is happening seems to be contrary to their expectations.
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the President of the Uganda People's Congress-UPC said that often they held
dialogues with the President but admitted implementation is a challenge.
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President of the Democratic Party-DP Nobert Mao highlighted the need to promote
national unity and Reconciliation, promote peace and security and promote
Mao said dialogue is a good measure for political parties to discuss issues
arising in society including issues of contention.
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The Chairman of the PPP Saddam Gayira said that they are aware of the
challenges IPOD faces including failure to implement resolutions. He, however,
said that PPP which values dialogue, reconciliation, and Peace could not turn
down the invitation to join the organization.
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of PPP brings the number of IPOD member parties to six; the FDC, NRM, UPC, DP,
are still operating under an old Memorandum of Association-MOU which expired
last year but the current Chairperson of the IPOD Council and NRM
Secretary-General Richard Todwong says that they are in the consultation stage
of drafting another MoU.