Rugunda Hits at Opposition over New EC Team

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Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has described as hypocrites opposition political parties with membership in the Inter-party Organisation for Dialogue IPOD.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has described as hypocrites opposition political parties with membership in the Inter-party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD).
 
Ruganda says that besides fulfilling his obligation in the commitment to IPOD, President Yoweri Museveni in appointing a new Electoral Commission (EC), was simply fulfilling his constitutional mandate.
                                                                                      
Rugunda was responding to a question put to him by Buhweju County MP Francis Mwijukye. Mwijukye wanted the Premier to explain why President Museveni went ahead to appoint new electoral commission officials after agreeing with political parties under IPOD to first dialogue on a series of electoral reforms.
 
This was during the prime minister's question time in the plenary session chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
 
On Monday, opposition MPs boycotted a session of Appointments Committee that approved the new electoral commissioners led by Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama.
 
The MPs who boycotted the meeting were mainly from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Democratic Party (DP) and Uganda People's Congress (UPC).
 
These included Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza (FDC), Kalungu West MP Joseph Sewungu (DP), Oyam Woman MP Santa Alum (UPC), Buhweju County MP Francis Mwijukye (FDC) and Gulu Woman MP Betty Aol (FDC).
 
They accused President Yoweri Museveni of failing to keep his promise on electoral reforms. They explained that IPOD met the president in July this year and he agreed to commit to the process that would lead to a series of electoral reforms including the composition of the EC.
 
The legislators noted that the other parties in IPOD were meant to have met the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda in August but he has never bothered to call for a meeting.
 
However, Rugunda told parliament that he has been having meetings with parties interested in dialogue. Describing some sections of the opposition as hypocrites trading on blackmail, he blamed FDC party for having boycotted the IPOD meeting with President Yoweri Museveni.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.