NRM And Opposition Parties Sign Agreement for Peaceful 2021 Elections
Leaders of the Democratic Party (DP), Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Justice Forum (JEEMA) and the NRM parties have jointly condemned the violence and agreed to co-ordinate efforts to prevent them.
This happened at a launch of a campaign dubbed I CHOOSE PEACE facilitated by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD), at the Kampala Serena Hotel yesterday.
This follows an aftermath of riots that happened recently that claimed over 50 lives after the arrest of Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi in Luuka district.
In a symbolic gesture, secretary generals of the named parties along with the country representative of NIMD, Frank Rusa, appended their signatures on a board as a sign of commitment to a peaceful electoral process.
The NRM secretary general Justine Kasule Lumumba reminded the parties that where they may be guarded as leaders, their own families are not and asked the media to also report responsibly.
FDC deputy secretary general Harold Kaija decried the Police interruption of the campaigns of the opposition candidates and asked everyone to work for peace and justice.
DP deputy secretary general, said the party remains committed to peace and dialogue saying violence does not only undermine democratic governance, truth and justice but grossly affect women and children.
JEEMA secretary general and chairperson of the IPOD council pledged his support to the campaign and commended NIMD for its collaboration.