By Lydia Namubiru and Andante Okanya
THE Uganda Peopleâ€™s Congress (UPC) is seeking talks to end the bitter stand-off with Buganda Kingdom since the 1966 invasion of the Kabakaâ€™s palace.
The kingdom was invaded on the orders of Milton Obote, who was then president of Uganda and UPC.
Since the saga, UPC has suffered low popularity in Buganda.
Party president Miria Obote on Wednesday said UPC was ready to reconcile with Buganda without any precondition.
She, however, added that her party was not apologising right away.
â€œThe first thing to do is to sit down and talk about what happened. Mistakes were made not only by one side, but both. We are willing to talk if Buganda is willing to talk to us. Where we were wrong, we will apologise but they also must accept where they went wrong,â€ Miria said.
She noted that most people do not want to know the truth about what happened then, adding that opportunists had been taking advantage of the situation to propagate their selfish interests.
â€œObote did not just wake up and order the attack on the Lubiri. We need to know what led to that. This is a first step to finding out the truth,â€ she added.
Miria was speaking at the partyâ€™s weekly press conference.
This followed a story carried in The Sunday Vision quoting the kingdomâ€™s information minister, Charles Peter Mayiga, as having said Buganda was ready to reconcile with UPC.