Members of Parliament from different political parties are going to start a campaign against the recently passed public order management Bill.
Wafula Oguttu, the Forum for Democratic Change spokesperson on Monday revealed that meetings are ongoing to start off the campaign to sensitise Ugandans about their rights.
Dressed in a black T-shirt with words “Political Freedom is a right” at the front and “Stop Brutality and Dictatorship” at the back, the Bukooli Central MP says they are going to defy the bill which was passed into law last week.
Wafula in particular pointed at Clause 8 (b) of the bill which give discretionary powers to the Inspector General of Police to deny permission to public meetings on account of the venue being unsuitable. This pertains to traffic and crowd control, if the proposed venue is set to host another function.
The MP also condemned Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi for describing opposition legislators as wild animals that need to be tamed after their violent behavior during the passing of the bill. Led by Aruu County MP Odonga Otto who tore the roll-call list, the opposition kept making noise, hitting the table and singing songs as the plenary session went on.
Outside Parliament, Mbabazi said these acts showed that the MPs were similar to wild animals that need to be tamed.
Opposition Chief Whip Winfred Kiiza, who attended the opposition caucus meeting to kick start the campaign today, says the NRM has been going around telling people that what was passed is different from the Bill that the opposition is talking about.
The Kasese woman MP states that since they have dissenting views about the Bill, this is the right time to sensitise the masses and expect the police to give them leeway considering it should have been their job to do so.
The opposition MPs say if the police fail their meetings they may employ under hand methods such as disguising their gatherings as wedding, birthday and night meetings. Other methods include using shopkeepers, and butchers among others to spread the word.
While passing the Bill, four MPs were suspended for causing chaos and disrespecting the Speaker. These include Soroti Woman Mp Angelina Osege, Odonga Otto, Kyadondo East MP Ssemujju Nganda and Ssekikubo Theodore, the Lwemiyaga County MP.