A three-day national consultative meeting on free and fair elections opens in Kampala today with amidst uncertainty over whether the government will allow it to take place for all the scheduled days.
General David Sejusa claims he has information that the government is considering sabotaging it. In the run-up to the November 24-26 conference, key organisers were over the weekend involved in frantic last minute preparations and meetings for an event that is expected to attract thousands of people.
Sources told The Observer that some members of the ruling NRM party, whose spokesperson says is not keen on the conference, were also making last-ditch plans to sabotage a meeting that could give the opposition a shot in the arm ahead of the 2016 general elections.
“They argue that the president and speaker should ignore the invitations and government should wait for the outcome before it takes a position on the outcome. This is led by two veteran Movement leaders and a few lightweights in government,” Sejusa notes.
This is a culmination of the 14 regional meetings held across the country since the beginning of this year.
The Executive Director NGO Forum Richard Ssewakiryanga says the meeting is meant to discuss the proposals and recommendations given by the public on free and fair elections across the country.
Ssewakiryanga says a national document of constitutional and electoral reforms will be compiled at the end of the meeting and later be presented to parliament.