Political Parties under the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) have today joined other stakeholders in condemning acts of highhandedness that transpired in the September 4, 2020 National Resistance Movement (NRM) Primaries.
Led by Justice Forum’s (JEEMA) Secretary General Mohammed Kateregga, the five political parties noted that the violence was unjustifiable and spelled doom for the country’s multi party dispensation.
“We note with great concern the increasing levels of violence and intolerance among political actors and voters especially in the period preceding elections,” Kateregga said.
“This is highly regrettable. No Ugandan should die while exercising their right to participate in democratic processes.”
As leaders, Kateregga said, they were apprehensive about this savagery that goes against the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the five political parties.
“Article (1) thereof expressly provides for one of our key objectives to promote inter party dialogue and cooperation as a means for dealing with political differences and managing conflict without resorting to undemocratic means including violence.”
Kateregga further warned that perpetrators of electoral violence risk being severely reprimanded under the Political Parties and Organizations Amendment act of 2020.
“Section 7 (2) (b) of the code of conduct prohibits members, supporters or other persons affiliated to any political party against engaging, encouraging or even involving themselves in violence.”
The IPOD, Kateregga said will very soon embark on a sensitization campaign aimed at elevating citizen’s civic competencies.
This was acknowledged by NRMs Deputy Secretary General Richard Todwong who added that the Party was wholesomely investigating all these circumstances.
Todwong however noted that partly this mayhem was orchestrated by hired goons belonging to other Political formations.
“We are auditing because even some of the people who participated in the chaos in our party are not necessarily members of NRM,” he pointed out.
“We are moving in the villages to confirm and tally because we got cases of results being changed along the way to the central tally centre,” he hinted.
Some of the most serious violence he said, happened in Sembabule, Pallisa, Mbale, Ntungamo, Isingiro and Kazo among many others.
“We are going to disqualify even those who have been declared winners but our investigation establishes that you didn’t genuinely win,” Todwong vowed.