MAO: Dialogue is Battle of Ideas Not Who

The Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao has said dialogue between political parties is an inevitable and positive platform to exchange ideas.

Speaking during the historic Summit of the leaders of political parties represented in Parliament, Mao admitted that DP failed to get a reason to miss the conference under the auspices of Inter-Party Organization on Dialogue (IPOD).

“I must admit that I for one and the entire DP failed to get a single excuse to miss this Summit,” said Mao.

The DP boss remarked that political parties overcoming their differences and agreeing to openly debate their concerns is sign of political maturity.

“Overcoming our fears and differences and getting to together to dialogue is a courageous move. Dialogue is a battle of ideas not egos,” noted Mao.

The IPOD Summit held at Speke Resort Munyonyo under the theme: “Strengthening Multi-Party Governance in Uganda”, is supported by the Netherlands Institute for Democracy.

The Wednesday event had 4 items in the agenda including: strengthening political parties to enhance their relevance and effectiveness, enacting constitutional and electoral law reforms to improve the functioning of Uganda’s multiparty system.

The other two agenda were promotion of inclusiveness in politics especially regarding the role of gender and youth and improving governance, human rights and the observance of the rule of law.


The event facilitated by the IPOD reigning chair, Uganda People Congress party president, Jimmy Akena was also attended by the National Resistance Movement Chairman, President Yoweri Museveni and Justice Forum (JEEMA) president, Asuman Basalirwa.

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