The Democratic Party has finally agreed to hand over leadership of the Inter-Party Organisations for Dialogue to the Forum for Democratic Change.
IPOD is a platform that brings together parties with representation in parliament including the National Resistance Movement (NRM), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Democratic Party (DP), UPC and Justice Forum (JEEMA) and is supported by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD).
DP’s term expired on September 20th, 2019 and was expected to handover immediately but this didn’t happen.
DP said that the reason for delay was they believed that FDC hadn’t been committed to IPOD, which made it doubtful if they could take over and commit to its leadership.
DP demanded that FDC writes to commit to lead IPOD, a proposal that was flatly rejected by Uganda’s biggest opposition party, saying the parties are guided by a Memorandum of Understanding- MoU, which says each party should hold power for six months and handover.
“I wish to inform you that after meeting the president of FDC in a few days’ time, we should organize a handover ceremony before the end of this month. A lot of damage has been done and none of the IPOD members has been left unscathed. It is now up to all of us to repair the damage, mend fences and heal the broken relationship. I will update you after we have met with the FDC President,” read the letter in part, from Nobert Mao.
Although FDC is set to take over the IPOD leadership, it has been known to be distant from some of its activities. FDC boycotted the IPOD summit in 2018 and May 2019. FDC refused to be a part of a meeting to which, the ruling National Resistance Movement was party because of its continued crack down on opposition events using security under the guise of enforcing the Public Order Management Act 2013.