The European Union has advised government to focus on political dialogue now as a way of preparing the country adequately for 2021.
Speaking to journalists at his home in Kololo, Ambassador Kristian Schmidt, the head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Uganda said he supports dialogue between President, Yoweri Museveni and his rival, Dr. Kizza Besigye the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president.
Schmidt said that EU observes that there are unsettled issues in Uganda’s politics, adding that it’s the nature of multi-party democracy to sit down and talk.
“We believe that you will find no better time than now between two elections to have that conversation between National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party and other parties about the future of the country.” said Schmidt.
Dr. Besigye was quoted telling FDC party members in a workshop in Soroti district that they have reached an agreement to dialogue on the 2016 presidential election audit.
However, government distanced it’s self from reports of possible dialogue between president Museveni and his main opponent –Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Dr. Kiiza Besigye.
Speaking to media at his residence today, the head of European Union delegation to Uganda Amb.Kristian Schmidt said there is no better time than now to talk about political dialogue.
He said that the warring parties should not wait for political crisis to start talking about re-shaping Uganda’s political future.
The European Union is meanwhile refocusing its energies on the future of the continent following the exit of the UK from the bloc.
The move comes as the union prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary since its formation in Rome after the Second World War.
Speaking to media at his residence today, the head of the European Union delegation to Uganda Amb Kristian schmidt said that the exit of the UK was a huge blow, but Europe is strong enough to live on with its equally strong members.
He adds that moving forward, the remaining 27 members are now set to meet to re-shape the feature of this union but values and foreign policies will not be affected.
The EU’s 60th anniversary celebrations are scheduled for a full week with the climax set for 9th May.