Forum for Deocratic change (FDC) has opted out of the Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) activities pending reforms in the organisation which brings political parties in Parliament together.
The party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda on Monday said decision by the main opposition party to quit IPOD follows a meeting by the FDC Working Committee on Friday last week. FDC through its secretary general Nandala Mafabi will this week write to the IPOD secretariat communicating the decision, according to FDC party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda.
Key among the reforms FDC wants is the amendment of the organisation’s Memorandum of Understanding which parties represented in the 9th Parliament endorsed.
According to him, if IPOD maintains that it is an organisation for parties represented in Parliament, then the parties in the 10th Parliament will have to sign a new memorandum which excludes the Conservative Party (CP) and Justice Forum (JEEMA).
In the run up to the 2016 presidential polls, all IPOD members except the ruling National Resistance Movement, announced they had withdrawn from IPOD and the National Consultative Forum (NCF) following the passing of the Constitutional Amendments Bill 2015. The parties later back-tracked on the decision. IPOD members, including NRM, had proposed a number of reforms which were ignored by Parliament. The Opposition parties accused NRM of using its majority numbers to have the Bill passed without the recommendations.
IPOD is facilitated by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy and was set up to offer dialogue and exchange of ideas among political parties in the country with a view of improving the election process.