February 5, 2010, will go down in the history of Uganda as an important day. For the first time ever, officials from the country’s major political parties sat together amicably under the same roof and agreed to work towards the consolidation of their multiparty democracy.
Since Uganda’s independence in 1962, ruling and opposition political parties have engaged in political battles using missiles of abusive words against one another, sowing seeds of hatred.
But with the help, sponsorship and facilitation of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), all six parliamentary political parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which they will work together, through dialogue, towards sustainable multiparty democracy and development of Uganda.
This case study outlines the current political climate in Uganda and the events leading up to the signing of the MoU in Kampala. It presents the responses of various Ugandan political parties to the signing itself, and includes the full text of the MoU, as well as a list of signatories.