The Netherlands Institute for Multi-Party Democracy-NIMD has demanded for the inclusion of the leading opposition political party dubbed National Unity Platform party if funds are to be availed for the Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue-IPOD.
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In a statement dated September 21, NIMD says inclusiveness of all parties with parliament representation is one of the key terms for it to fund the IPOD.
“NIMD still hopes that IPOD will start its third phase with all political parties on board. As a key partner of Ugandan political parties, NIMD stands ready to continue to support the process towards a new Memorandum of Understanding. However, we will only consider continuing to host the secretariat if IPOD is fully inclusive,” reads part of the statement.
”IPOD is the only national dialogue platform in the country and can play a pivotal role in strengthening democracy. But IPOD can only do so if it is fully inclusive and all parliamentary parties are at the dialogue table. NIMD calls upon all parties to ensure that the conditions are met to make this possible, including respecting the safety and political rights of all citizens,” another part reads.
Another bit of the IPOD statement reads, “Now that the National Unity Platform (NUP), the leading opposition party in Uganda, has announced that they will not sign up to the new 2022 IPOD Memorandum of Understanding, and the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is hesitant to sign up, NIMD has to reassess its involvement in IPOD.”
The NUP is hesitant to sign on the 2022 IPOD MoU citing the persistent gross rights violations targeting its supporters many of whom remain detained in torture facilities and prisons.
Relatedly, the opposition Forum for Democratic Change party has showed no interest in renewing its MoU with the IPOD, a factor that NIMD has also considered to deny funds to the forum.