Uganda People’s Congress Party (UPC) led by the Lira municipality MP Jimmy Akena pleaded with Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party led by Gen. ugisha Muntu not to quit Inter party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD).
Last week, the FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said his party had opted out of the IPOD activities pending reforms in the organisation which brings political parties in Parliament together.
Ssemujju Nganda 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).
However, Akena’s Spokesperson Micheal Osinde while addressing journalists in Kampala on Wednesday said that FDC should not quit IPOD because in the Memorandum of Understanding there is no aspect of suspension rather provision of one month before to decide if you are part or not .
He said that it is on record that FDC was among the stake holders who advocated for the dialogue and the FDC secretary general Nathan Nabdala Mafabi is still chairing the committee.