Political parties from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Malawi and Mali have arrived in Uganda for a 4 day conference on inter-party dialogue.
The conference which starts today (Tuesday) at Commonwealth resort hotel in Kampala is facilitated by the Netherlands Institute of Multi-party democracy, NIMID.
NIMID representative in Uganda, Shaun Mackay said, “This is the first time Uganda is hosting the meeting. The conference will focus on issues related to elections and concerns of the operation of political parties in Africa.”
Top on the agenda is the preparation and management of elections, the role of security forces in the elections process and ways of strengthening the credibility of political parties.
Shaun Mackay said that president of Malawi had confirmed that he would attend.
According to Simon Kato, an official from an opposition political party in Uganda ‘It is good that the conference is taking place here in Uganda. It will go a long way in helping Ugandan opposition parties to organize themselves for the forthcoming elections.”
Uganda is to hold presidential and general elections in February 2011.