Confusion at IPOD as Museveni arrives 7 hours late

Shortly before 7pm, the sound of sirens characteristic of President Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade filled the air, and soon, his convoy made its way into Protea Hotel Entebbe, the venue for the rescheduled Inter-party organization for dialogue (IPOD) second summit.

Museveni had been expected to arrive at this venue at 9am in the morning but he remained a no show, leaving other leaders of political parties with representation in Parliament largely redundant.

Already at Entebbe were DP, UPC, JEEMA and NRM leaders while their FDC counterparts boycotted the meet.

NRM’s Kasule Lumumba, DP’s Norbert Mao and JEEMA’s Kibirige Mayanja pass time reading newspapers

They flipped newspaper pages; had one-on-one chats but all these could not the day’s agenda. To keep their hope alive, the delegates were told that Museveni would arrive at 2:15pm after concluding the weekly cabinet meeting at State House Entebbe.

As the clock ticked away to sunset, DP President Norbert Mao who is also the chair of the IPOD summit threatened to call off the meeting which was organized under the theme; Putting Uganda first.

Business got underway immediately Museveni arrived with Mao making the opening remarks in which he made veiled attacks on the FDC party leaders.

“The agenda for IPOD meetings including the summit are set in meetings of the IPOD councilwhere all members participate to the fullest extent. Why would one be comfortable with partaking of a meal on has participated fully in preparing?” Mao said.

Mao said that all the five members of the IPOD are set to receive up to Shs 1 billion under a three-year capacity building program.

“All IPOD members receive support towards institution building. Currently, IPOD is running a three-year-support program funded by our partners where each of the five member political parties will benefit to the tune of Shs 1 billion including those not in attendance today,” Mao said.