Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has expressed reservations as regards a pseudo dialogue with President Yoweri Museveni championed by Uganda interreligious council.
Addressing a press conference at his home in Kasangati on Friday, Besigye called for a secretariat that will set up a process for convening the dialogue with members of the ruling party.
He said since the February 2016 elections, there have been initiatives aimed to setting up a dialogue and some have progressed to some length.
He said at that time, they wanted to interrogate the 2016 election itself but the dialogue never actually took place.
Besigye said he needs to be convinced with agenda to be followed during the dialogue.
“The first thing is the agenda.”
The second, he continued, is who convenes and who moderates the structure of the dialogue.
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“There must be a mutual agreement not someone coming up and saying am now the convener and moderator,” he said.
Thirdly, there should be an agreement on who should be part of the dialogue.
Lastly, there has to be a clear understanding of how the decisions of such a dialogue will be implemented and how to guarantee.
Besigye called upon all Ugandans who want stability and peace to stand up to the regime.
“If the regime is serious about any form of dialogue even before the main dialogue, we could discuss how to manage the electoral commission.”
He added: “But for Mr Museveni to again go ahead and put in place a Museveni-led commission is going to be an issue for which we will have a strong exception.”
The dialogue is expected to get underway in October this year but Besigye insists on assurance that 2016 elections will be audited.
He said if the government can meet these conditions, opposition is ready to dialogue.
The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda says President Museveni has already shown interest in attending the national dialogue.
Besigye says he personally has nothing against Museveni hence “no reason for a private chat with an individual on matters affecting our country”.