By Ahura Mujuni Mark
Government is determined to continue to dialogue with the Opposition in order to resolve the current conflicts in the administration of the Kampala Capital City Authority.
The Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business, Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi said that threatening the use of force and violence was not the required or expected language of dialogue expected of leaders.
“I want to assure Parliament and the country that we are determined to continue with the course of dialogue, it’s the right way,” he said, adding that “We do not take seriously threats of force or violence, because we know where we are all coming from.”
The Prime Minister was responding to a Statement made by the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Nandala Mafabi, about their negotiations with Prime Minister/Leader of Government Business on Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) affairs. The Leader of Government Business had suggested that government and the Opposition dialogue over the political impasse at KCCA, as the Opposition accused government of disrespecting a court order stopping the impeachment of the Mayor.
Mbabazi said that the two groups had had several meetings in which they showed respect and were courteous to each other.
“I was happy that some level of trust had been created; we have been open to each other. We conducted dialogue with absolute humility and respect for each other,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that the two sides agreed that their negotiations had to focus on whether there was an Order by the court before a resolution had been concluded to impeach the Mayor, and when a court order takes effect.
In his Statement, the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Nandala Mafabi said, “We proceeded with negotiations in the sincere hope that the government side was as committed as ourselves to the dialogue as a means of resolving conflict and allowing normalcy to reign again as opposed to impunity and asserting the rule of might.”
Mafabi said that they, as the Opposition, were disappointed with government for its failure to sustain and engage in a meaningful negotiation about the impasse.
He added that the Opposition has over the years been very open to dialogue and has consistently called for a National Dialogue, which “remains the ideal need for this country.”
“We must have an all-inclusive dialogue involving all interests including all political parties, the civil society, the media, the religious fraternity, gender, the business community and indeed the academia,” he said.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, advised the two sides to hold their next meeting and present a report to Parliament.