Gov’t rejects talks with opposition

Col. Bantariza

Col. Bantariza [New Vision photo]

Uganda Law Society [ULS] Executive has called upon the ruling NRM government not to arm twist the law to suit their ends in the current political contestation.

The executive was on Tuesday engaging the members of the 4th Estate in a Press Conference on Rule of Law at their offices in Kampala.

“We appeal to NRM not to bend the law to settle political disputes,” ULS president Francis Gimara told press.

Gimara also appealed to Judiciary to stand tall and resist all attempts aimed at undermining rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

“ULS appeals to FDC and political actors to use the law at all times. Extra constitutional means in resolution of disputes should be avoided.”

Gimara asked government to engage the opposition in a process of dialogue as a means to end the political stalemate in the country arising from disputed presidential elections.

“Yes, there are some problems within our democracy but we cannot resolve them by a win-lose approach. We need to adopt a win-win approach in the resolution of a political contestation,” Gimara said.


ULS addressing press in Kampala yesterday

In response, Government deputy spokesperson Col Shaban Bantariza said they are not ready for any talks with the opposition because there is no political stalemate to resolve.

Bantariza said President Museveni has just been re-elected with a popular mandate and cannot be distracted from delivering to the voters.

“Should we nullify the voters mandate to go for a political dialogue? What if the opposition brings demands what we cannot afford?” he wondered.

Currently, opposition leader Kizza Besigye, a four time presidential candidate, is on remand at Luzira prison on treason charges.

Gimara has also questioned judiciary independence when hearing political cases referring to Besigye’s trial in Moroto district yet he was arrested in Kampala.

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