The Democratic Party (DP) president General, Hon. Norbert Mao, UPC party president Hon. James Michael Akena were two opposition leaders who attended the 3rd IPOD Summit.
Gulu – 6, March 2021: The Decocratic Party (DP) leader has sent a messsge to his opposition colleagues who elected to boycott the Friday IPOD summit chaired by the NRM national chairman who’s also the president of Uganda, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The DP president General, Hon. Norbert Mao, UPC party president Hon. James Michael Akena were two prominent opposition leaders who attended the 3rd Summit.
The above leaders also enjoyed each moment with the president elect, Gen. Museveni, taking with him several photos.
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party and JEEMA early in the week announced they would both not attend.
FDC calls the summit “premature” and that they were still “taking stock” of the January 14 presidential and parliamentary elections in which their party president emerged third best with less than 4% of total votes cast.
“Governments come and go. The State needs to be protected. In Italy, governments are always falling The State never collapses. IPOD is not about protecting any government. It is about the State. Uganda is the only country we have. We may have Plan B but we don’t have Country B,” Mr Mao wrote on Twitter.
The DP leader performed badly in the January 14 elections, obtaining less than 1% of the total votes cast.
Mr Mao has often been against any other plan, apart from elections to dislodge the current government whose mandate goes upto 2026.
His opposition comrades, Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert aka Bobi Wine and Patrick Oboi Amuriat have talked and still thinking about how to initiate “Plan B”.
The pair said the recent presidential election was not only rigged but was also highly fabricated by the electoral commission (EC). The EC denies such claims, but admits several errors in the declared presidential results.
Addressing the leaders, president Museveni said he’s aware of many Ugandans who were arrested and kidnapped by security forces. He said some were planning protests in the country.
Gen. Museveni said he would engage the DPP to review their case files.