The Forum for Democratic change (FDC) party has refuted media allegations that the party is reluctant to take up the leadership of the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) upon the expiry of term of office of the Democratic Party (DP).
According to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by all political parties that have members in Parliament who make up IPOD, the leadership rotates every after six months and the term of DP which began on March 25th 2019 expired on September 25th this very year.
FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda told journalists yesterday that FDC has taken leadership but awaits handover from DP.
“The FDC therefore is currently both the chair of IPOD summit and IPOD council. The FDC has taken over and await the official handover ceremony and handover reports from both Hon Mao and Dr Siranda,” said Semujju
Nobert Mao and Dr Gerald Siranda have been IPOD chairman and secretary general respectively.
Semujju said FDC secretary general Hon Nandala Mafabi will in consultations with now IPOD chairman and party president Eng Patrick Amuriat Oboi present proposals on the issues that FDC wants IPOD to consider in the next six months of leadership.
The main two proposed issues that FDC wants to be put into consideration are; Police and army to stop interfering in FDC rallies and meetings plus President Museveni handing over power.
“The FDC considers access to population a major issue in the political processes of our country. Removing the military and police from our politics if achieved will be the single most important thing IPOD has ever done”
“Negotiating an end to life presidency will be another milestone. This is what the IPOD summit must strive to achieve,” he noted
He added that if IPOD fails to practice what it was created for, then it will be of less importance.
Though there is a certain amount of money given to each political party according to the number of Representatives in Parliament (MPs), the FDC mouthpiece said the major reason they joined IPOD was not to get money but rather ensure smooth political environment in the country.
He added that in the next six months of leadership, they will ensure all the irregularities are tackled and IPOD gets on the right track.
Photos: FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda addressing journalists at party headquarters in Kampala today