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‘Freeing Parties Was Movt Decision’

By Vision Reporter

Added 27th April 2003 03:00 AM

THE National Political Commissar and Minister without portfolio, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, has said the National Executive Committee’s (NEC) decision to open up political space was not a result of pressure from multi-partyists.

THE National Political Commissar and Minister without portfolio, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, has said the National Executive Committee’s (NEC) decision to open up political space was not a result of pressure from multi-partyists.

By Catherine Ntabadde and John Eremu

THE National Political Commissar and Minister without portfolio, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, has said the National Executive Committee’s (NEC) decision to open up political space was not a result of pressure from multi-partyists.
Kiyonga on Friday said NEC and the National Conference decision to free political parties was taken by the Movement.
He was closing a three-day national consultative forum for local governments at Mandela Stadium, Namboole.
He said the Movement wants other people to also be happy.
“The decision to open up has not come from pressure by multipartyists. We discovered that there is persistent fraction of our people. There are some people in the Movement who are damaging it so we decided that why not open up to let them go,” Kiyonga said.
He, however, said opening up political parties is just a recommendation, which is yet to be decided on by the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC).
Kiyonga appealed to the local council leaders to remain united despite of their different political beliefs.
Local Government Minister Jaberi Bidandi Ssali said the debate on third term is not important at the moment. Bidandi said Ugandans should instead discuss the freeing of political space. “Let us recognise and respect each other,” he said. Ends

‘Freeing Parties Was Movt Decision’

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