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PRESIDENT’S SPEECH TO THE IPOD

HANDOVER CEREMONY, 27th NOVEMBER


2019 AT FAIRWAY HOTEL-KAMPALA

The Outgoing Chairperson of the IPOD Summit also President


General of Democratic Party Hon. Nobert Mao,

Other Summit members;

The NRMO Chairman Mr. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is


conspicuously absent in this hall,
Hon. Jimmy Akena, the President of UPC,
Hon. Asuman Basalirwa, the President of Justice Forum (JEEMA)
who is ably represented by my good brother and colleague Hon.
Hussein Kyanjo,
The Out going Chairman of IPOD Council Dr. Gerald Blacks
Siranda also DP Secretary General,
The incoming Chairman of the IPOD Council Hon. Nathan
Nandala Mafabi who happens to be the FDC Secretary General
and Members of the Council,
Development partners,
The IPOD Secretariat,
All of you distinguished delegations from IPOD member Parties,
Member of the Press,
Ladies and gentlemen

It gives me much pleasure and honor to address you gallant


leaders of Political Parties, development partners and all
gathered here on this very important occasion of handing over
power peacefully under the IPOD umbrella.

The smooth transfer of authority from one leader / Political Party


(my brother Hon. Nobert Mao, the President General of the
Democratic Party) to another, which is uncommon in our African
political discourse, is something Ugandans have never seen in
the governance of our Country.

I congratulate the Hon. Nobert Mao and the Democratic Party for
managing to steer the ship well in troubled waters. I also wish to
recognize the positive contribution made by all the other heads of
political parties in IPOD, the IPOD Secretariat and indeed
Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) for making this task
easier.
The main reason IPOD was born arising from discussions in the
Inter Party Cooperation (IPC) was to Champion and fast track a
peaceful transfer of power from one head of state to another.

The inspiration came from Ghana where President Gen. Jerry


Rawlings handed power to President John Kufour. We wanted to
see a similar scenario happen in Uganda where we transit from
one President to another without bloodshed. In respect to this,
our history speaks volumes.

To remind you my dear friends, IPOD sent a delegation to Ghana


for a benchmarking mission in 2009 that later culminated into
another delegation from Ghana headed by Gen. Johnson Asiedu
Nkethia Mosquito the then Secretary General of the National
Democratic Congress (NDC) who had been one of the leaders at
the center of effecting a peaceful transfer of power in Ghana
visiting, and guiding us in the formation processes.

We, the member parties set out objectives in a guiding document


that we all signed which is the Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) that should bind us. It is these principles that we ought to
jealously protect as we transact any business in IPOD. As FDC,
we promise to follow the Memorandum of Understanding to the
extent that it is possible.

Among others, the memorandum is clear on the pursuance and


promotion of fundamental principles of democracy, good
governance, and human rights but more important, objective (h)
sets out to promote and protect the observance of fundamental
human rights.

The FDC didn’t attend the previous two intended summits


because as indicated in our communication to the IPOD
Executive Secretary, members of the Summit and Council, we
feel documents that are jointly drafted and signed should be
respected and implemented.

The current hostile political environment in the Country towards


FDC, our sister parties and other Political formations in the
opposition cannot guarantee our Parties to actively and freely
participate in the multi-party political dispensation.

Examples of abuse of Human Rights, mis-interpretation of POMA


leading to the stopping of Political activities of registered Political
Parties (Kasese activities, Rukungiri thanks giving and Memorial
service, Mbarara activity, all the mobilization activities conducted
between April to August, most recently Busia and Butaleja
leaders meeting, Nambole leaders meeting, stopping of Radio talk
shows, invasion of Party headquarters, DP block re-union
meeting in Jinja, the Monday 18th November 2019 blocking of a
UPC Women’s league meeting in Kasese among others), and
tormenting of Political leaders by the authorities are very much
alive in our memories.

These violations need to be put to an end with immediate effect,


as they do not require any further discussions or negotiations.

Also noteworthy ladies and gentlemen, are some of the thematic


areas raised like enacting constitutional and electoral reforms
which were previously discussed and to date have not been
seriously considered by our friends in the ruling Government
under the NRMO.

The NRMO is once again busy organizing general elections for us


without reforms and any consultations with other Political
Parties. It is basically their elections, not for us all and this
should be a concern of all the participating IPOD members who
believe in the peace of this Country.
This handover should have taken place 0n the 25th September
2019, unfortunately due to some misunderstandings on the
modus operandi; it has taken us an extra 2 months to take over.

The memorandum of Understanding is very clear about the time


for which one holds office at the helm of IPOD, we least expected
a delayed handover to happen. At one point, democracy had
evaded us but the most beautiful aspect of the disagreement is
that in the end, we agreed.

Nonetheless colleagues, as we reminiscence on the core


principles of IPOD, let us begin a new chapter by fostering trust
and confidence among ourselves, enhance cooperation, build
harmony and facilitate a smooth transition of power especially at
the level of the Presidency.

In order to achieve this as the Chairman of the Summit, I will be


spending part of my time in the very first weeks discussing with
you heads of Parties here assembled. I hope we will have an
opportunity to appreciate the challenges we are facing as a
country and how we can help each other realize the dream of a
new Uganda.

As Andrew Carnegie clearly put it “No man will make a great


leader who wants to do it himself or to get all credit for doing it”.
As leaders, we are endowed with knowledge to make pertinent
decisions that impact on society but our capacity to understand
our limitations and inefficiency mean a lot.

After a leader serving a Country for as long as the NRMO


chairman has done, it is important to understand that a peaceful
transition should not be at the mercy of negotiations but a must
and an obligation of the leader himself and the led.
A Peaceful transition is the most essential and what should
comprise most of our discussions if we are to give meaning to the
current multi-party political dispensation and our very co-
existence.

There are only two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or


the mirror that reflects it.

IPOD in its processes should play the key role of being the candle
as we leaders become mirrors that reflects the light of the Uganda
that will serve and work for all of us.

Ladies and gentlemen, to achieve peaceful transition, we will be


proposing meaningful dialogue. The hallmark of which should
entail the following;
• Clearly spelt out Parties to the dialogue
• A neutral convener/ facilitator
• An agreed upon Agenda
• A guarantor of the outcomes.

For emphasis, we wish to reiterate that the only dialogue that is


required at this time is on how to achieve an all-inclusive
transition of administration. In our consideration, the following
key activities shall be the main tasks of the transition
administration;
• Constitutional review
• Rebuilding of institutions
• Truth telling, justice and reconciliation
• Free and fair elections.
Finally, the FDC welcomes the opportunity to head both the
Summit and Council. We commit ourselves to the objectives,
ideals and principles of IPOD and we have confidence that we
shall be able to steer and offer our very best leadership while
cognizant of building harmony amongst all parties to the IPOD

I wish to invite all of you leaders here gathered to help us create


an environment that will ensure the fulfillment of the objectives
of IPOD.

I thank you all for coming to witness this peaceful handover as


we work hard in hand towards achieving the same at the top
most position in our country.

Again thank you all, God bless you, God bless Uganda as we
build the spirit of togetherness in diversity.

One Uganda, One People.

Patrick Oboi Amuriat


PARTY PRESIDENT FDC/IPOD CHAIRPERSON

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