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DP takes over IPOD leadership

By Jeff Andrew Lule

Added 26th March 2019 08:55 AM

Mao will also serve for six months and handover to the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in September.

DP takes over IPOD leadership

The outgoing Chairperson Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) and President of Uganda People’s Conference (UPC) Jimmy Akena hands over IPOD flag to incoming chairperson and President for Democratic Party(DP) Norbert Mao during the handover ceremony at Protea Hotel Kamapala on March 25, 2019 . (Photo by Ramadhan Abbey)

Mao will also serve for six months and handover to the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in September.

The Democratic Party (DP) President, Norbert Mao has taken over as the new Chairman of the Interparty Dialogue (IPOD) Summit.

He replaces his counterpart, the Uganda People's Congress (UPC) leaders Jimmy Akena who has been holding the position for the last six  months.

Mao will also serve for six months and handover to the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in September.

The position is rotational among the political parties represented in Parliament in there alphabetical order.

The parties subscribing to IPOD include; National Resistance Movement (NRM), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Democratic Party (DP), UPC and Justice Forum (JEEMA).

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Mao said the biggest problem the Opposition was still facing is lack of freedom of expressions.

In his acceptance speech at Protea Hotel in Kololo; Mao said reforms are very instrumental towards having a levelled political process.

"I am going to ensure we push this throughout our discussions. I am going to engage the President. Reforms are key towards creating a levelled ground for all political players in the forthcoming general elections," he noted.

Uganda is slated to hold elections in 2021, to decide on their next President, Members of Parliament and other leaders.

Mao who is also the DP president urged all political parties including FDC to use the platform of IPOD to present their issues.

He said IPOD is a clearing house which should be utilised by all subscribing political parties to fight for their interests.

IPOD is supported by Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD).

"The political situation is not working for all of us. IPOD is where we can bring these issues and agree or disagree," he noted.

Mao also pledged to push for national dialogue and reconciliation conference, to iron out several differences.

The outgoing chairman Akena, urged all parties to put aside their differences and use one voice through the IPOD to fight for their interests.

He said parties always need to come together to discuss issues that come up with solutions.

The country representative NIMD, Frank Rusa said urged political parties to continue dialoguing, saying democracy starts with dialogue.

DP's secretary general, Dr. Gerald Siranda also took over from UPC's Fred Ebil as the new chair of the IPOD Council. He emphasised the need to work with NRM to ensure democracy works.

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