DP, FDC snub State House meet

President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday held talks with members of the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD), a political grouping that unites political parties with representation in Parliament.

The meeting was fixed late on Saturday after leaders opposition parties with MPs – FDC, DP, UPC and Justice Forum (JEEMA) visited their NRM counterparts at their headquarters on Plot 10 Kyaddondo Road in Kampala.

FDC Vice President (Eastern) Salaam Musumba and acting DP Secretary General Gerald Siranda jumped out of the program extending the meeting to State House Entebbe, on grounds that they hadn’t been cleared by their respective party leadership.

At Entebbe, UPC secretary general Fred Ebil told Museveni about IPOD’s preparations for a summit on December 12 in Kampala to discuss the management of elections in the country.

Museveni agreed to attend the summit that is expected to bring together all political party heads.

Museveni asked the opposition leaders “to work with the National Resistance Movement (NRM) to eradicate electoral violence and the monetization of politics” in order to give democracy and stability a chance to flourish in Uganda.

“Electoral violence is a big shame. It must not be tolerated. I was working on stopping electoral violence myself but if I get support we shall eradicate it,” Museveni said.

The opposition has consistently accused Museveni and his ruling party of commercialising politics as well as using security machinery to terrorise opposition supporters during elections.

The president has of recent been accusing the opposition of the same, claiming that NRM loss in recent by-elections specifically, Kyadondo East, Rukungiri district, Jinja Municipality East, Bugiri Municipality and Arua Municipality were due to the violence that opposition supporters meted out to NRM supporters.