President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the opposition leaders who attended the Inter-party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) summit at Protea Hotel, Entebbe.
‘‘Dialogue is a good method of resolving political issues and we believe in it. In 1979 when fighting Amin, we met in Moshi and through dialogue formed UNLF but some people did not appreciate and we had to start again.’’ The President said.
The summit was attended by President Museveni the chairman of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), Mr Jimmy Akena, the leader of Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC), Mr Muhammad Kibirige Mayanja; who represented Justice Forum (Jeema) leader, Mr Asuman Basalirwa and Mr Norbert Mao the Democratic Party president.
‘‘If dialogue had been used, Uganda would have avoided many problems. The men who led Uganda to independence were all young except Nadiope and Balaki Kirya. They failed because of arrogance and inability to dialogue. It is amazing to see how they failed.’’ He added.
Mr. Museveni said he talks to whoever wants to talk to him. ‘ ‘We can agree on points of convergence and move together, where we do not agree, we understand why.’’ Gen. Museveni said.
‘ ‘If I don’t want to dialogue when in politics then I should go to look after my animals. God gives you ability to talk and you say you won’t, he can switch off that gift. I take it as a Biblical command to talk to whoever wants to talk to me.’’
He also called on the opposition to do a lot to change the lives of Ugandans even when in opposition. ‘ ‘ I did a lot to transform the people of Ankole in the years when I was in opposition as a member of the Democratic Party. I persuaded people to stop nomadism and go to commercial agriculture from subsistence farming.’’
The delegates arrived at a raft of resolutions that should help strengthen our multi-party political dispensation.
The resolutions are about funding of parties, the question of independent candidates, conduct of public gatherings, among others.