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Museveni, Elder Statesmen Set Date for National Dialogue

The launch of the National Dialogue has been postponed from November 21 to December 18, 2018, Chimp Corps report.

This was agreed during a meeting Museveni held with members of the Inter-Religious Council and the Elders Forum at State House, Entebbe on Tuesday.

State House said in a statement the postponement was sought to enable the on-going consultations on the detailed arrangements pertaining to the National Dialogue with other key stakeholders.

The process is expected to see Ugandans develop consensus on pertinent and contentious issues that affect society today with the view of forging a new path that would lead to the country’s sustainable development.

The opposition has since set stringent terms for the dialogue, saying it must include the transition of power from President Museveni.

The National Dialogue Secretary General Joshua Kitakule told ChimpReports the process remained “a dialogue, and not a traditional negotiation process” where one finds parties or protagonists who enter into negotiations sometimes with prior positions or pre-conditions.

President Museveni emphasised that the importance of the National Dialogue was for the “promotion of stability and prosperity.”

He further stressed “broad-based involvement and inclusion of      different key stakeholders.”

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The Attorney General, William Byaruhanga, clarified that his Deputy, Rukutuna Mwesigwa, had been misquoted when he was alluded    recently to have said that Government was not interested in the National Dialogue.

According to documents seen by this website, Rukutana asked the National Dialogue Working Group to answer the following questions:

Who are the exact parties to the Dialogue? Who are the financiers of the Dialogue Process? What are the rules of engagement? How will decisions be arrived at and what form will they take?

Who are the participants and why? How will the decisions and deliberations rank with what the other government structures of the state are doing? What will be the time frame, since the electoral process preparations will be commencing next year?

How will the organizers make sure that the process does not interfere with the electoral process?

Tuesday’s consultative meeting included Speaker of Parliament, Rt.   Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana     Rugunda, NRM Secretary General, Kasule Justine Lumumba, Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabira, Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubajje, a number of religious leaders and Justice James Ogoola, among others.

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