By Fred Kiva
The Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD), a forum to promote discussions between various political parties in Uganda convenes its summit today with ruling NRM Chairman and President Yoweri Museveni attending.
The President has already arrived for the summit happening at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
The platform was formed in 2010 for political parties with representation in parliament to continuously dialogue on issues of concern.
Parties with representation in Parliament include; the ruling NRM, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Democratic Party (DP), Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and Justice Forum (JEEMA).
The Kampala Post understands that the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has decided to abstain from the meeting while DP which had earlier threatened to shun the meeting turning around at the last minute.
Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters on Tuesday DP President Norbert Mao said the party would attend the summit, saying they want to participate in the meeting and give President Museveni a chance to implement the passed resolutions.
JEEMA and UPC are scheduled to attend the summit. JEEMA Secretary General Muhammad Katerega last week said those failing to attend the summit are acting in isolation and not for the good of Ugandans.
“Some claim they cannot sit to discuss with President Yoweri Museveni yet they were with him for years,” Katerega said while appearing on one of the radio talk shows on Tuesday evening in reference to FDC.
The agenda of today’s summit is not known, although opposition parties have always demanded for electoral reforms.