Democratic Party-DP and Uganda People’s Congress-UPC are piling pressure on the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party to reconsider its position on pulling out of the UPC, DP (IPOD). The two parties argue that the decision by FDC, which is the current chair of IPOD, to drop from the platform doesn’t answer their questions.
On Monday, FDC announced plans to withdraw from IPOD, saying an earlier memorandum of understanding signed by the member parties is no longer binding since Justice Forum (JEEMA) and the Conservative Party are no longer represented in parliament. Ibrahim Semujju, the party spokesperson said IPOD ceased to exist at the end of the 2016 general elections.
Both CP and JEEMA failed to send legislators to the 9th parliament in the just concluded elections. IPOD brings to together all political parties with representation in parliament to discuss policies and issues that affect the country before a decision is taken by the legislative arm of the government.
Kenneth Kakande, the DP spokesperson, says FDC made the decision to withdraw from IPOD in bad faith, adding that the decision would weaken the opposition in the country. He says much as FDC has not communicated its position officially, they have received reports that the biggest opposition party has resolved to drop from the platform until a memorandum of understanding is signed.
Kakande says there is need for peace-loving individuals and institutions to build political consensus through dialogue through such platforms.
Michael Orach Osinde, the spokesperson of the UPC faction led by Lira Municipality MP Jimmy Akena, says they are surprised that FDC, which initiated the platform, is opting to pull out.