The Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) has commenced on a process of coming up with a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see the National Unity Platform (NUP) party and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) join.
IPOD formed in 2010 is a platform that brings together political parties with representation in Parliament with the main objective of using dialogue to build trust and consensus within and among the political class to strengthen multiparty democracy in the country.
While addressing the media at IPOD secretariat in Kampala, the IPOD Council Chairperson and NRM Secretary General, Richard Todwong said that the term of the current IPOD framework is set to expire in December 2021.
“It should be noted that after the 2021 general elections, two new political parties namely NUP, PPP have since joined the 11th Parliament. The Secretaries General of the IPOD parties agreed to the need to invite the eligible new Political Parties in Parliament to this important dialogue platform,” Todwong said.
Todwong said that through a consultative process, a new dialogue framework for the period 2022 to 2026 will be drafted and agreed upon by all member parties.
He added that under the auspices of IPOD, we plan to have elaborate and thorough engagement with various stakeholders including the leadership of NUP and PPP with a view to inviting them to contribute to the building of a vibrant, inclusive and meaningful platforms for political dialogue that puts the interests of Ugandans first as the IPOD motto states.
Todwong as well appreciated the different partners such as the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) for facilitating the political dialogue process since the inception of IPOD.
The IPOD Council has used the opportunity to appeal to government of Uganda to lift the suspension of the activities of DGF for the continuation of the positive contributions this fund has been making to strengthening democratic governance in Uganda.
“As political parties, the support of DGF has been very instrumental in training of our leaders in conflict resolution, youth leadership development, gender mainstreaming, internal democracy and policy development among others,” noted Gerald Siranda, Democratic Party’s (DP) Secretary General.
Siranda said that the parties have noted with concern that a number of political party capacity strengthening initiatives have stalled due to the suspension of DGF by government earlier in the year.