Opposition Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) under the administration of Joseph Bossa has attacked the Interparty Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) under care of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) for admitting President Jimmy Akena into the council.
Last week, website like this http://crmsoftwareblog.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-post-v1-1-endpoint.php the IPOD council under the chairmanship of DP’s Secretary General, cure Mathias Nsubuga made a visit to Jimmy Akena in his capacity as the UPC president and later members of UPC were part of the team that visited FDC’s party president Mugusha Muntu this week.
Okello Lucima the party spokesperson under Bossa’s administration has told Chimpreports that the decision taken by IPOD/NIMD was diversionary from the principals that govern their operations world over.
“It is mind boggling that the Netherlands Institute of Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) would actually be working with the Akena group knowing well how they got into Uganda House,” Lucima said.
“I wonder how IPOD could ignore the collusion between government and Mr Akena to seize party offices, how they assaulted members and national party leaders in day light,” Lucima noted.
“I must commend the previous NIMD country director, who was very clear on the objectives and principles of NIMD to help countries transit from authoritarian rule, violence and threats to multiparty democracy.”
Lucima noted that NIMD upholds the principles of competitiveness, Multiparty democracy, institutionalism, the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms, which to him have been violated by engaging with Akena administration.
“Kizito Tenthani (NIMD Country director) found it in his wisdom to admit these fellows to IPOD/NIMD after the elections of 2016. We don’t know what criteria or wisdom he used to do so, I had a conversation with him on the composition of IPOD after 2016 elections and I told him that there was no basis IPOD could admit a faction like that of Jimmy Akena to sit at the council when they violated every tenents and democratic principlaes of what NIMD’s mission around the world is preoccupied with.”
“He said they would get back to us but we have never heard from him.”
Lucima suggested that if NIMD were serious about principles that brought them to Uganda, they would have said, “UPC until you solve your problems, you cannot not sit at the IPOD council; we would applaud them because that would be a decision done on principal.”