REPORTS HAVE come in showing Besigye’s Walk to Freedom protests are going to be discussed by Ugandans living in Diaspora at a public political debate in Oslo, the Norwegian capital.
The pro-FDC website which is called ugandancorrespondent. com says that the Africa Centre for Information & Development (ACID) is the one organising the debate which the website say “will provide a platform and facilitate dialogue to analyse the linkages between the Arab Spring and African democracy — with an eye on the implications for governance norms on the continent over the next several years.”
The topics for discussion at the Oslo conference include: The Arab Spring: Experiences from Tahrir Square (Egypt); Women’s voices on the Arab Spring: How to enhance women’s emancipation and empowerment in Africa; The role of the mass media and civil society organisations in enhancing democratic change; The ‘Walk to Work & the Arab Spring: Civic protests in Uganda; The Occupy Wall Street movement and the Arab Spring: An alternative to Capitalism? The debate will take place on October 19 on Friday at P-Hotels, Grensen 19, Oslo from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
The website shows the speakers will include: Professor Abdoulaye Bathily Senegalese Politician and the Secretary- General of the Democratic League/ Movement for the Labour Party (LD/MPT); Sam Akaki Founder and executive Director of the Democratic Institutions for Poverty Reduction in Africa (DIPRA) & International Envoy representing Uganda’s main Opposition FDC party in the UK and European Union; Ms. Rainatou SowFounder & Executive Director of Make Every Woman Count (MEWC), UK; Hisham Fouad Leader, Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt and Peter Hudis Lecturer, Oakton Community College, USA.
Sources say Sam Akaki is the one behind this website which always has exclusives on FDC. It’s not clear if Besigye will attend the debate in Norway. The website adds that “Frequently overlooked in is the fact that that sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing its own democratic surge during this time with important advances in Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia, and the “Walk-to-Work” protests in Uganda.