The country director for NIMD Frank Rusa a few days ago announced that it had suspended its support towards IPOD. This was due to the refusal of NUP to join the institution and FDC’s being hesitant to renew their membership.
According to NIMD, they are only willing to continue the support only if a new memorandum of understanding is fully inclusive.
However, according to Tweheyo, NIMD is not the stem of IPOD. It’s just a supporting element. Therefore the body cannot collapse simply because NIMD ceases its support.
Further, James Tweheyo said that what can hurt IPOD is cutting off taxpayers money which hugely supports IPOD. Parties can also decide to increase funding from the taxes where they have been getting funding all along.
“The idea that @UgandaIpod is going to collapse because @NimdUganda is withdrawing is not correct. NIMD is not the stem of IPOD. It is a supporting element. With or without NIMD, the country’s democracy will go on. There is no harm with @NimdUganda pulling out of IPOD as long as parties available are still supported by the taxpayers’ funds. The parties can agree to increase the funding from the same basket where they have been getting their money,” said James Tweheyo on the Next Big Talk on NXTFM.
Rusa on the same show said that although they will stop facilitating IPOD because of the inclusivity lockout, they are still good friends and partners with Ugandan political parties.
They will also be glad to play technical roles when called upon by IPOD.
Therefore IPOD should not collapse for any reason. It is a good forum that needs to be built even further according to Rusa.
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