Justice Forum party (JEEMA) has revealed that Forum for Democratic Change and Democratic Party leaders agreed with other political parties and committed to the upcoming Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue Summit.
The two main opposition parties have since withdrawn from the IPOD Summit scheduled for December 12th at Common Wealth Resort Munyonyo.
In a statement released on Thursday, JEEMA Secretary General, Mohammed Katerega said all parties harmoniously agreed to the holding of the event
“As a matter of fact, all IPOD activities gain consensus within IPOD members and nothing happens out of the blue,” said Mr. Katerega.
The statement unequivocally dismissed allegations FDC and DP have based on to withdraw from the event primarily, meant to harmonize differences between political parties represented in Parliament.
“I wish to state that all Member Parties agreed to hold the Summit with the top most leadership of NRM under their Chairman Yoweri Museveni, (not as Head of State) because some members did not feel comfortable with it based on the outcomes of the 2016 Presidential elections,” noted Katerega.
He says JEEMA’s initial concern had been the absence of President Museveni, as NRM Chairman in IPOD activities, and that members have been pushing to bring him on the able.
“It should be noted that before JEEMA’s brief exit from the IPOD, we had decried the lack of meeting of the Summit as the NRM Chairman Mr. Yoweri Museveni was never available for IPOD issues. It’s that position we found on the table when we were readmitted to the platform this year and our efforts were geared at seeing all IPOD internal processes are actualized.”
The statement added that the above position has been embraced and adopted by all parties, including FDC and DP, and no other meeting has been held to revise it.
“This is the position from all member parties and we have not had any other meeting to amend or quash the proposed summit meeting slated for next week,” he added.
The party appealed to FDC and DP to be responsible and respect the positions agreed earlier and attend the summit.
“On that note, we wish to call upon our colleagues to respect the outcomes of the meeting we have had in preparations of the SUMMIT much as we as a party do not expect much to be agreed on based on the nature and handling of State affairs by the NRM.”