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By Vision Reporter

Added 7th October 2004 03:00 AM

INFORMATION state minister Dr. James Nsaba Buturo yesterday denied allegations that the Government was deliberately blocking the registration of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

INFORMATION state minister Dr. James Nsaba Buturo yesterday denied allegations that the Government was deliberately blocking the registration of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

By milton olupot

INFORMATION state minister Dr. James Nsaba Buturo yesterday denied allegations that the Government was deliberately blocking the registration of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

“FDC has been making claims in the media that the Government was denying them the opportunity to register as a political party.

“This form of false publicity designed to get public sympathy will not translate into political power,” he said.

Buturo told the weekly press briefing at Nakasero that the delay to register FDC and other political groups was due to lack of funds because the budget had not been passed.

He said the Registrar General would now embark on moving around the country to verify signatures submitted by various political groups before registration.

“The exercise of verification required that the Registrar General moves with her staff to various districts to ensure that signatures indicated on the submitted forms are genuine,” he said.

Buturo also dismissed claims by FDC that former Deputy Premier and former External Security Organisation chief, Eriya Kategaya and David Pulkol were offered jobs to lure them back to the Movement.

He described the statements as imperatives of political survival, which were forcing opposition politicians to peddle disinformation.

He said there were also reports being circulated by the opposition that the Government planned to bribe MPs so that they can support constitutional changes in favour of President Yoweri Museveni.

“Their real strategy is to prepare for their expected future defeat at the polls so that when it comes, they will then say, ‘We told you that elections would be rigged,’” he said.

“I advise the public to ignore these publicity-seeking or motivated claims by groups that are hard-pressed for public recognition. “The Government’s advice to authors of such false claims is that there is nowhere in the world that state power has ever been obtained by using such methods,” he added.

Buturo said the Government had received reports of people dissuading others from attending the Independence celebrations on October 9 2004 at Kololo and other venues throughout the country.

He said this was unpatriotic and urged people to turn up in big numbers.

On federalism, Buturo said the Government had no intention of undermining institutions which it worked hard to restore.

He said the proposals in the White Paper were meant to insulate cultural institutions from future uncertainties and to consolidate their durability.

He warned that some politicians wanted to promote their selfish interests through hiding behind the demand for federalism and misinterpreting the White Paper.

No money to register parties

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