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He said being under multiparty system does not mean transformation citing countries like China which have developed and transformed and yet they do not practice multiparty system.
In response, Hon Muhammad Mwanga Kivumbi, opposition Member of Parliament for Butambala Constituency said, “Uganda has no multiparty politics as it is stipulated in our constitution. The NRM is just a state party which competes with other purported opposition parties because it utilises state resources”.
“Opposition party leaders fight NRM Government because of its corruption,” pointed out Hon. Kivumbi, citing the MPs Health Insurance cards in hospitals of their choice when millions of Ugandans are languishing in poverty and disease.
He attacked the police and leaders who are against the Walk to Work demonstrations by the opposition and activists and yet they are meant check the government during inflation.
Andrew Mwenda, the Executive Director of Independent Magazine and an analyst, also attacked Minister Mwesige and said Uganda has never had multi- party system.
“The NRM government boosts of having the multi-party system but this doesn’t exist anywhere in Uganda. The NRM is just a coalition of Resident District Commissioners (RDCs), GISOs, ISOs and other heads of security among others cadres of the party who do not practice democracy but arrest the opposition and activists who are against the rampant corruption and injustices.”
Eng. Patrick Rubongoya, an Architecture and Tooro Kingdom Minister, described the NRM government and its leaders as parasitic because of their failure to know their obligations.
He, however, advised government to address three issues of freedom, expression, speech and assembly.
Among other panellists were; Hon. Alex Ruhunda, MP Fort Portal municipality, Peter Akena, Late Former President Obote’s son, Prof. Edward Rugumayo, chancellor MMU, Tom Mboijana.
The dialogue was aimed at exchanging ideas with the public whether multi-party system exists in Uganda and if the people know anything about it.