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Members of the Ugandan Community in the USA in a group photograph shortly after the Reform Agenda Fundraising event in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA on June 24, 2003.


The Reform Agenda is a political pressure group, borne out of the Elect Kizza Besigye Task Force, a group which backed Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye in the 2001 Presidential Elections in Uganda. Its roots go back many years before to a period when contradictions that started to appear in the National Resistance Movement government between progressive reform centered positions and reactionaries who wanted to manipulate the Constitution and the laws to consolidate a monolithic system of governance.

In January 2002, Lusaka, Zambia, Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye, now living in exile away from the state instigated harassment that followed his bid for the Presidency, called a meeting of some members of the 2001 Task Force and it was resolved to form a political pressure group to actively advocate for the reforms contained in the 2001 election manifesto The Next Five Years and the Democratic Reforms Charter. The latter document had been presented to the Executive, Legislature, the Constitutional Review Commission and the general public in mid-2001 as a basis for far reaching political reforms.

On 12th July, 2002, The Reform Agenda was launched at Youth Sharing Hall, In Kampala, Uganda, with the election of a National Steering Committee. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye was elected first Chairman of the Reform Agenda.


The Reform Agenda is a pressure group with national character, which pursues the aspirations of the people of Uganda by mobilizing them for good governance, sustainable national unity, democratic dispensation and national development.


The Reform Agenda is guided by the principles of Democracy, Justice, Transparency and Accountability.


Promote respect for human rights, democracy, constitutionalism and the rule of law.

Promote peace and security in all parts of Uganda.

Pursue the restoration of a plural political system that imposes no restrictions on the freedom of political parties.

Pursue legal and non-partisan management of all security organs.

Build national unity by fighting the evils of nepotism, cronyism and sectarianism.

Advocate for regional peace, cooperation and unity of the African people.

Fight for freedom of speech, thought, worship, expression and the media.

Establish and support a framework for conducting free and fair elections of leadership at all levels.

Respect and promote the rights of the people of Uganda to freedom of assembly, petition and demonstration as well as freedom of worship.

Uphold the doctrine of separation of powers and maintenance of the independence of the Legislature, Judiciary and the Executive.

Restore the honor, ethics and trust in the Presidency and all other offices of leadership and ensure accountability of the executive to parliament and the people.

Establish a comprehensive mechanism to fight corruption, rampant abuse of office and mismanagement of resources.

Advocate for a commitment to uphold existing constitutional provisions on term limits for office bearers.

Ensure equitable distribution of national resources

Defend and promote the rights and interests of women, the girl child, the youth and differently-abled persons.

Provide a peaceful environment and design an economic strategy for poverty eradication, food security, resettlement of internally displaced persons and the landless.

Reduce unemployment and promote formal and informal sector workers, peasants, industrialists, and the business community to realize their maximum production potential.

Increase access, equity and quality of social services delivery.

Consolidate and support popular cultural and traditional institutions.

Cooperate on principle with other pro-reform, pro-democracy organizations, groups and individuals.

Support the democratic resolution of contentious constitutional issues, including the demand for federalism.


The Secretary General will be hosted by the US External Coordinators at a fundraising event. The meeting will discuss current political developments in Uganda focusing on the benchmarks for the democratization and the coalition building process. Several items will be on sale as part of the fundraising drive. The event will be on Tuesday June 24th 2003, from 7.00pm to 10.00 pm

The Holiday Inn Washington- Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Avenue (Rt. 97)
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: 1-301-589-0880
Those who are unable to attend may make a contribution and a souvenir item will be dispatched to your address. You may find out what items are available after June 24th by sending an email to Anne Mugisha at abusingye@hotmail.com Make checks or money orders payable to:

Reform Agenda USA
C/o Azania Heritage International
P.O. Box 1392
Pittsburgh, PA 15230
Tel: (412) 881-0113

The role of Azania Heritage (http://www.azaniaheritage.org) is to promote peace, human rights and democracy. The organization will support Reform Agenda in achieving these values in Uganda.

The Thomas Merton Center, http://www.thomasmertoncenter.org is the fiscal sponsor of Azania Heritage and has been a great partner in struggles for democracy, human rights and peace both locally in Pittsburgh and around the world.


C/o Azania Heritage International
P.O. Box 1392
Pittsburgh, PA 15230
Tel: (412) 881-0113
Email: azaniaheritage@comcast.net


P.O. Box 194
Kampala, Uganda
Phone (256-41) 531247
(256-77) 441943
Fax (256-41) 456-7890