The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party Chairman Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will on Friday March 5, 2021 host the Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) summit at Kololo Independence grounds.
IPOD brings together parties with representation in Parliament to dialogue on issues affecting the country and political players in the country.
Members of IPOD are drawn from the ruling party National Resistance Movement-NRM, Democratic Party-DP, Forum for Democratic Change-FDC, Justice Forum-JEEMA and Uganda People’s Congress-UPC.
According to the Chairperson of the IPOD Council who is also the NRM party Secretary General, Rt Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba, the third ordinary summit of leaders will be held under the theme: “Dialogue for National Cohesion.”
With a handful of people expected due to Covid pandemic SOPs, the attendance will entail presidents and Secretaries General of DP, JEEMA, NRM and UPC, the political parties with representation in Parliament.
However, FDC announced they won’t be attending the dialogue due to the gross human rights violations that have taken place before and after the January 14, 2021 Polls.
Speaking to the press on Monday, Party Spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda said the party will not attend the meeting that will be chaired by President Yoweri Museveni.
“As a party, we are concerned with the deterioration of human rights observance in Uganda, the replacement of our courts with the court martial and the cover up by Mr. Museveni,” Semujju Nganda said.
The summit is expected to review and make a follow up on the previous summit resolutions including but not limited to the agreed position on the effective implementation of the Public Order Management Act (POMA).
In line with the IPOD Memorandum of Understanding, which provides for the IPOD Council of Secretaries General to periodically organize a summit of leaders at least once every six months.
IPOD was formed in 2010 by the political parties represented in parliament. Its mandated to consolidate multi-party democracy through dialogue.