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DP soon chairing IPOD - Official

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The Interparty Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) executive secretary, Frank Rusa, has revealed that Democratic Party (DP) is next in line to chair IPOD.

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) has been chairing the IPOD meeting since December 2020 after it took over leadership from Justice Forum (JEEMA) up to date.

During an interaction with Rusa (Tuesday), he said the old MoU expired in 2021 and they are to come up with a new one before the end of August.

DP will be the first party to take over the IPOD leadership since it (IPOD leadership) follows an alphabetical rotational system.

“DP will be chairing IPOD for the next six months after the new MoU has been unveiled since most party heads and their Secretary Generals have already appended their signatures onto the MoU,” Rusa said.

He said DP president Nobert Mao and Gerald Siranda, the Secretary-General, NRM’s party President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Richard Todwong the NRM Secretary-General, Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) Jimmy Akena and Fred Ebil, the party Secretary-General and JEEMA party president and Muhammad Kateregga, the party Secretary General have all signed on behalf of their parties.

“It’s only the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) that is soon signing but Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has requested some time to decide whether to sign or not.

“PPP has agreed to sign the new MoU and this makes it five parties that are ready to dialogue for the next five years, but when we inquired from FDC, they told us that they needed more time to decide whether to sign or not to sign the new MoU and this will be after their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting that is slated for July 29,” Rusa said.

He said as IPOD, they are to leave their doors open for all other political parties with representatives in Parliament to come and join them.

He appealed to political parties and other key political actors to persuade the National Unity Platform (NUP) to come and join them.

Rusa said that they have made some changes in the MoU and some of the changes state that every party that is handing over power to another party is supposed to present a report on the resolutions that they came up with during the IPOD meetings and how far with the implementation of the resolutions.

“We are tired of coming up with resolutions that are not being implemented. We are now starting to act the talk,” Rusa said.

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