Top leaders of the Justice Forum-JEEMA party have declined to
attend a meeting with the National Unity Platform Party President Kyagulanyi
In his effort to reach out to other opposition parties to agree on
a way forward after losing the January 14 presidential election to Yoweri
Kgauta Museveni, Kyagulanyi was at the Jeema offices in Mengo on Thursday to
meet with the top party leaders.
However, to his disappointment, Kateregga Muhammad, the Secretary-General
was the only high ranking official present. Asuman Basalirwa, the party
president and Muhammad Kibirige Mayanja, the party chairman all made no show.
A source who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity said that the
party leadership is angry with Kyagulanyi for using the party when it suited
him and then dumped it.
“There is nothing for us to talk about with him; we worked closely
with him and when the time for elections came he fielded candidates everywhere
where we had a candidate. What kind of partner is that? He wants to work with
us when there is nothing at stake. Surely we were not in any mood to welcome
him,” the source said.
When contacted on the phone about why he didn’t attend the
meeting, Basalirwa said he had a case in the constitutional court that dragged
on more than he expected. “I’m just held up at court but if I finish on time I
will be joining. I have asked our Secretary-General to be carrying on with the
meeting and I think I will join them later,” Basalirwa said while the meeting
was in progress.
But by the time the meeting
that started at about 2:15 pm ended at about 4:20 pm, he had not shown up.
When asked why Basalirwa had not attended the meeting, Joel
Ssenyonyi, the spokesperson of NUP corroborated Basalirwa statements.
//Cue in… we were in
Cue out…held in jail,”//
Early this week, the Forum for Democratic Change party also turned down
Kyagulanyi’s request for a meeting arguing that it has no clear agenda. Last
week another meeting with Alliance for National Transformation also failed to
take place over what Ssenyonyi called earlier scheduled engagements.
For today’s meeting, Ssenyonyi said it aimed to check on comrades
they have been together within the struggle to end President Museveni’s reign.
He said now that the election is over, they need to sit together to chart
a way forward.
//Cue in… we expect a
Cue out…than ever before,”//
Siraje Kifampa Nsambu, Jeema Kampala District Chairman said NUP
paying them a courtesy call shouldn’t be surprising to anyone because of their
history of working together.