• January 27, 2020

PEOPLE POWER SUMMONED BY THE EC ON CONSULTATIONS

On the 9th January 2020 a six-man delegation from people power movement led by Hon. Kyagulangyi a.k.a Bobi Wine was summoned by the electoral commission. Other members were; Joel Ssenyonyi, the Spokesperson, the Executive Secretary, Counsel David Lewis Rubongoya, the Legal team of 2; Hon. Asuman Basalirwa and Counsel Katana Benjamin and then the national team leader of the women wing Flavia Kalule.

Besides the aspiring team other stakeholders in the matter and present for the meeting as top leadership of the Uganda police force.

Following the political statement between the Uganda police force and the people power movement of Uganda team with regards to the presidential consultation meetings, this meeting provided a platform for dialogue among the key players.

Some of the key issues raised included the violation of citizen rights of assembly, association and expression, excessive use of force by state agencies on civilians, prevention of the consultation meetings from happening by the police, a strong and lengthy discussion on the public order and management act (POMA) interpretation, analysis and implementation, the partisan nature of the state security agencies and government officials like RDCs, DPCs, DISOs amongst others.

Key resolutions included; the police acknowledging receipt of the people power communication and responding to it within the stipulated 48 hours through writing or through invitation of the team to discuss issues pending, consultations are legal and must go on, the police must follow the law as it is, not write their own laws, it is the responsibility of the police to provide sniffer dogs, fire fighters amongst others and not the consulting teams, rescheduling the people power movement consultation meetings until on later dates to be communicated, conducting no processions, the police not to limit the numbers of people to consult, the state agencies and government officials not to be partisan.

We appreciate the electoral commission for the great step taken in regulating the electoral processes and providing a space for meaningful engagement. We appreciate the Uganda police force for the dialogue shared. It is our prayer that they will abide by the consensus built and also enforce law and order without breaking the law. As people power movement, we commit to abide by following the law and order and working within the law in all our operations.

 

Author: Flavia Kalule

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