Friday, July 15, 2016

By Apollo Munghinda

PM Rugunda(seated middle), Rukutana,Biribonwa and Mushega pose for photo with leaders of Political Parties and Organisations at Royal Suites Bugolobi on Thursday ( Photo by PMPU)









The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has told Members of the National Consultative Forum (NCF) for Political Parties and Political Organisations that Government was in the process of setting up a Constitutional framework for extensive review of the Constitutional reforms.

Rugunda said some of the proposed Constitutional reforms were shelved because there was limited time for discussion considering the roadmap that was in place for the 2016 general elections.

He said Government was now ready to handle the proposed Constitutional amendments during the current 5 year mandate of the NRM Government.

Rugunda made the remarks while chairing a plenary meeting for the National Consultative Forum at Royal Suites, Bugolobi on Thursday.

The Premier is the Chairperson of the National Consultative Forum for Political Parties and Political Organisations and is deputised by Amanya Mushega.

The forum which brings together members of various political parties and organizations is responsible for building consensus and dialogue amongst political parties and political organisations.

Rugunda urged the forum members to focus more on creating a more conducive political environment especially after the heat of 2016 general elections.

“We must raise the profile of the National Consultative Forum by enhancing the quality and credibility of the work we do,” said Rugunda.

Dr Rugunda said Government will continue to support the work of the National Consultative Forum adding that members should strive to create harmony in the way Political parties and organisations work with each other.

The Premier said he was glad that the current NRM Government was not only composed of NRM cadres but also cadres of other Political parties such as Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), Democratic Party (DP) and Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) for purposes of working together to ‘heal the previous wounds.’

Also present were the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana and Acting Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Joseph Biribonwa.

Rukutana was introduced by Rugunda as a permanent member of the Forum replacing former Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi.

Political party Leaders present included those from Uganda People’s Congress(UPC), Conservative Party (CP), Peoples Progressive Party(PPP), National Peasants Party(NPP), Forum for Integrity in Leadership and Justice Forum (JEEMA)

Others were Republican Women and Youth Party (RWYP), Liberal Democratic Transparency (LDT) and National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party (NURP) among others.