Former Secretary General of NRM and ex Prime minister Amama Mbabazi addressing the press at his residence in Kampala on May 12,20 15. Photo/Wilfred Sanya
The strategic meeting, which also had Hope Mwesigye representing former premier Amama Mbabazi?s camp, took place at Bukenya?s Katomi Kingdom Resort in Entebbe. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, DP Secretary General and Acting President Mathias Nsubuga, former Buganda premier Joseph Mulwanyammuli, and Godiver Tushabe who was among the civil society representatives.
Speaking to The New Vision yesterday about the meeting, Bishop Niringiye said, ?The meeting had leaders from the civil society, pressure groups, political parties and eminent persons. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how we can work together to move the country forward. It is the people of Uganda who seek a better future for Uganda.?
Niringiye, who is said to be the convener of the meeting, released a joint communiqu? yesterday indicating that the meeting was meant to launch ?a new political path for our country.?
He revealed that they would convene a joint press conference on Wednesday to announce what they agreed upon.
?As leaders, we are concerned by the current political and economic gridlock in our country. In spite of the calls to reform our distorted electoral management system towards and after 2011 general elections, and after five years of running government, the regime is now scampering and stampeding our parliament with last minute proposed reforms that do not meet the aspirations of Ugandans,? they said in a statement.
The consultation was convened under the auspices of the Free and Fair Elections Campaign. The Free and Fair Elections Campaign brings together all democracy seeking forces in Uganda (seeking) to establish a credible electoral management system.
After making countrywide consultations, this consortium of various stakeholders convened a national dialogue last year in November during which they came up with resolutions of the various necessary constitutional and electoral reforms.
?Ugandans are aware that the character of deceit and ignoring citizens is consistent with the character of the current regime. Until this time, the government has dishonored the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections and other proposed reforms advanced by other interest groups,? the conveners said.
In their communiqu?, the conveners noted that Ugandans at home and abroad are anxious for a united front for change.
?We know that Ugandans are resolute in changing the course of direction our country is taking and are anxious to hear a message of unity. During the course of the meeting, we were able to make important decisions and reach a series of agreements on how to chart a new direction for the good of our country,? they stated.
Sources revealed that one of the resolutions agreed upon include protests for electoral reforms and fielding joint candidates in the 2016 elections at level through what some have proposed to be called United Democratic Alliance.
Moses Mulondo & David Lumu, The New Vision