Big Story: NUP will not join IPOD, “a facade to legitimise an otherwise illegitimate regime” says David Lewis

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By Kaweesa Hope Mulangira

NUP will not join IPOD, “a facade to legitimise an otherwise illegitimate regime,” says David Lewis . Whisper Eye News

National Unity Platform (NUP) will not join IPOD, not any time soon.

The Secretary-General of the National Unity Platform (NUP) Mr. David Lewis has confirmed that the Kamwokya based political outfit will not join IPOD.

Whisper Eye has learnt that Lewis has penned a letter to the executive secretary of Interparty Organisation For Dialogue (IPOD) on why NUP will not at this time join IPOD.

According to ipodug.org, Interparty Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) is a dialogue platform for all political parties represented in the Uganda parliament.

The Harvard-trained lawyer in his detailed letter outlines various critical reasons why NUP is not eligible to join IPOD.

You will recall that on 26th April 2021, the leadership of the National unity Platform met with you and a representative from the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD). At that meeting, you made an impassioned appeal for the National Unity Platform to join IPOD. A letter partly reads.

The same letter goes ahead to state that it’s true that NUP expressed gratitude to join IPOD however it maintains that IPOD in Uganda has been largely instrumentalized by the regime.

It has been co-opted and used to legitimize a brutal regime that has no regard or respect for democratic governance, letter reads in the first paragraph.

According to the letter, the regime uses IPod for political gain, far from its intended objective of strengthening Uganda’s multiparty democracy.

It adds that it’s true in the past 10 years of IPOD existence the, democratic space has only shrunk going from bad to worse every successive year.

In the same letter Lawyer Lewis notes that as NUP, hundreds of its supporters have been abducted, tortured, and even murdered and to date, many supporters of NUP are scattered in different prisons across the country and non – gazetted places being subjected to all manner of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

Mr. Lewis insisted that NUP will not join IPOD at present given that the platform has been reduced to a cup of tea meeting and photo opportunities which has denied serious discussions on the future of the country.

IPOD was setup in February 2010 by six political parties who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to govern the multiparty platform. Although not legally binding, the MOU signaled the political good will of all parties and the willingness to set aside political differences for the good of the country.


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