The Democratic Alliance (TDA) has today given government an ultimatum of up to September 18 to consider electoral reforms before they announce their next move.
TDA spokesperson Wafula Oguttu told journalists that the alliance of opposition political parties is willing to engage in ‘genuine dialogue’ with the government so as to agree on how the political and electoral reforms as enshrined in the Citizens Compact on the free and fair elections can be implemented ahead of the 2016 general elections.
Oguttu warned that in the event that government remains adamant, the Alliance will in consultation with the citizens agree on and take appropriate actions.
“In addition to many abuses and electoral violations, the TDA is particularly concerned that the incumbent regime is actively organising and deploying instruments of violence including different forms of militia groups such as the famous Kalangala Action Plan and training and deploying of Intarahamwe version of militia called crime preventers under the guise of community policing.
Uganda is part of the Great Lakes region where failure to organise free and fair elections has been the consistent trigger of violence leading to unnecessary loss of life and war-torn destruction of property such as happened in Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The stubbornness and intransigence of the incumbent president and the regime to listen to reason and provide appropriate leadership to achieve genuine reforms and establish a credible electoral management system are making elections lately violent”
The electoral reforms suggested by the opposition and civil society groups were recently not included in the Constitutional Amendment Bill passed by parliament. The opposition demand for disbandment of the current Electoral Commission, reinstatement of the presidential term limits among others.