Forum for Democratic Change Secretary General Hon. Nandala Mafabi has accused Democratic Party Secretary General Hon Mathias Nsubuga of being “unfaithful”.
Mafabi blames Nsubuga for moving opposition members under Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) to State House Entebbe where they met President Yoweri Museveni.
“We wanted to meet Museveni the NRM chairman, not the president. That is why meet should have been at NRM headquarters,” Mafabi said on Wednesday.
“We are prisoners. How can we dialogue under IPOD when we are prisoners? We are unable to talk when we are prisoners. When our people are in prison, we are all prisoners,” he wondered.
Mafabi who was live on NBS Television said the meeting was supposed to be held at the National Resistance Movement – NRM headquarters, not State House Uganda “which is a centre for bribery”.
“Even when you go there with good intentions, public interprets that differently. Some people like Uganda People’s Congress were eager to go to State House. After all, they are already there.”
Mafabi said the people who are a big problem in IPOD is National Resistance Movement – NRM.
Mafabi said FDC have never agreed to that meeting at State House Uganda.
“We are always committed. It is Democratic Party Uganda and all these others that are always pulling out.”
Nsubuga defends self
Appearing on the same television Tuesday, Nsubuga said the IPOD-Museveni State House Uganda meeting was not an event but part of a process.
“The IPOD summit has never sat for a meeting since 2011 due to distrust. UPC, DP, NRM and even FDC agreed to have a meeting with Mr Museveni State House Uganda. There was consensus.”
At 12PM on day of State House meeting, Nsubuga says he called Mafabi who told him he was unable to attend because he was in court.
“The State House meeting wasn’t opposition meeting President Museveni. It was an IPOD meeting. NRM is part of IPOD,” Nsubuga explained.
“We never begged for Kizza Besigye’s release. We simply pointed out mistreatment of opposition. FDC’s last minute withdrawal from State House meeting was sad. They should have come to at least agree to disagree.”
Makerere university political history professor, Mwambutsya Ndebesa, on the hand, said that that the first IPOD meet was without the biggest political party (FDC) was a flaw.
“Choice of the venue for the meeting, State House, was also a problem. A more neutral place is needed.”
Ndebesa said the initiative to dialogue about the political direction of Uganda is critical but State House meet was not dialogue.
“The IPOD-Museveni State House meeting fell short of the procedures that constitute dialogue. Before actual dialogue, the agenda should first be agreed upon in preparation.”