The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Secretary General Hon. Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the chairman of IPOD Council, will tomorrow 4th March 2020 lead a delegation of the secretary generals of political parties with representation in Parliament to meet Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, in an effort to save the 2021 general elections.
The FDC Publicist Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda says the meeting will be held under the auspices of the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) and is to be used to reassert the right interpretation of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) arrived at between IPOD and Dr. Rugunda in 2015, has been necessitated by the continuing violence against the opposition ahead of the elections.
“Last week a citizen Ritah Nabukenya was murdered by Police as she travelled to attend a consultative meeting by presidential aspirant Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi. A second citizen Daniel Kyeyune was shot dead by Local Defence Unit as he travelled with Kyagulanyi from the burial of Nabukenya. And for two days Police, LDU and UPDF beat up FDC members and supporters in Bugiri, Jinja and other parts of the country as they went over routine mobilization for the party” Nganda noted.
He added that the FDC founding President and the People’s President Dr. Kizza Besigye was twice violently arrested as he went to attend FDC events in Jinja and that on the second day, Police raided the hotel where he had stayed overnight and towed him away.
Hon. Nganda said this violence is happening one month to the first batch of the general election which is due in April, when the Electoral Commission is set to conduct elections for women, youth, people with disabilities and elderly.
Now, Political parties are supposed to conduct primaries for these elections. In total there are 1.5 million elective positions to which parties are supposed to field candidates.
“The meeting with Rugunda might be the last one that the FDC is participating in. Rugunda on behalf of government, should tell us if his government has now outlawed political competition. He should tell us if multiparty system has now officially been overthrown. The FDC will if the Wednesday meeting fail to find solution, be reluctant to attend any other meeting” he said.
Adding that Dr. Rugunda, Attorney General Fred Ruhindi, Shadow Attorney General Abdu Katuntu, Police and Minister of Internal Affairs in 2015 agreed on the interpretation of POMA. So, the Prime Minister was supposed to come up with regulations which he and government have failed to produce. In violently dispersing our meetings, Police is hiding under POMA. This game has got to stop. “If the Wednesday meeting fails, as FDC we shall engage another gear” Nganda noted.