KAMPALA- The Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) has raised fears of violence that may arise during the next year’s general elections.
In a brief statement from five Secretary Generals of IPOD presented by Muhammad Katerega, the secretary general of JEEMA at their head offices in Ntinda Kampala, they all condemned violence that marred NRM primaries and reveals that they are worried about the forthcoming 2021 general elections.
They include; Muhammad Katerega of JEEMA, Fred Ebil of Uganda People’s Congress-UPC, Gerald Sekiranda of Democratic Party (DP) NRM’s Deputy Secretary General Richard Tadwong, and deputy general secretary of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Harold Kaija.
Last week, NRM primaries degenerated into violence in some parts of Uganda like Isingiro district, Ntungamo district among others. Candidates and their supporters clashed with opponents leading to the shedding of blood and some people died.
They contend that if such violence can happen among members of one party, then how will it be in 2021 where the ruling party will be in contest with other strong candidates from opposition parties. Harold Kaija, the deputy secretary general of FDC notes that if there is no action taken against those who violated, next general elections will be more dangerous and a battle of blood.
They further call upon the police and other security agencies to enforce electoral regulations in an impartial and professional manner, political parties, independent actors and general public to respect and uphold the role of law in processes leading to 2021 general elections.
Gerald Siranda, the Democratic party secretary general calls upon all the political parties to fight such violence to make sure they will not affect Ugandans in 2021 general elections.
Siranda adds that he believes that as political parties, they can play a big role in fighting such violence.
Richard Todwong, the NRM deputy secretary general says that as a party, they condemn the violence that marred their primaries and urged Ugandans to be careful and shun away from such in 2021 general elections.
Todwong explains that they are working hard as a party to solve problems in districts where the violence occurred.
JEEMA Secretary general Muhamad Katerega says that IPOD will in due course launch a nationwide campaign to sensitize the masses on participating in peaceful elections and shunning away from electoral violence.
Muhammad who is also the Chairperson in Bukomasimbi district notes that many people disregarded the SOPs that were put in place by Ministry of Health to combat the spread of COVID-19 during these NRM primaries which he says will affect everyone.
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