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POLITICAL PLURALISM IN UGANDA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 752: tabled on 22 February 2005

Tabled in the 2004-05 session.

This motion has been signed by 33 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House congratulates the Government for playing a leading role in supporting development efforts in Uganda, resulting in impressive achievements, particularly in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic; welcomes the decision by President Museveni to lift the 18-year long restriction on political activities; also welcomes the August 2004 launch of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the recent election of Dr Kizza Besigye as their national Chairman and prospective presidential candidate in 2006; further welcomes the efforts by FDC to forge a wider coalition of opposition parties; believes that only a united opposition can provide a healthy and vibrant counterbalance; regrets the reported public flogging by Government soldiers of opposition MPs and the ongoing arrests and detention of FDC leaders and supporters; also regrets the reported plans by President Museveni to amend the constitution so that he can rule indefinitely; and now calls on the Government to double its efforts in working bilaterally and with its EU partners to encourage the Ugandan authorities to co-operate with the opposition, and to create a level playing field if the 2006 presidential and parliamentary elections are to be free and fair.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2005
Keighley
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 1 March 2005
Stroud
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2005
Sunderland North
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 4 March 2005
Ribble Valley
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2005
Bridgend
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 February 2005
Portsmouth South
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2005
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2005
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 March 2005
Cheltenham
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 23 February 2005
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2005
Wolverhampton South West
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2005
Hayes and Harlington
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2005
Kingston upon Hull North
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2005
Ynys Môn
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 25 February 2005
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 March 2005
Southport
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2005
Portsmouth North
Reed, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2005
Loughborough
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 2 March 2005
Strangford
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2005
Nottingham South
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 23 February 2005
Belfast South
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 February 2005
North Cornwall
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2005
Finchley and Golders Green
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2005
Conwy
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 15 March 2005
Caernarfon
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 March 2005
Brecon and Radnorshire
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2005
Sittingbourne and Sheppey

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.