September 4, 2013

Bukenya: New Govt To Trash Public Order Law

Former Ugandan Vice president Professor Gilbert Bukenya has joined a growing list of critics of the recently passed Public Order Management Bill (POMB).

Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya has become a critic of a government of he once served.
Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya has become a critic of the government he once served.

In a press briefing at Parliament on Tuesday, the former number two who is also Busiro North Member of Parliament described the POMB as a one sided law made to favour those in government.

Bukenya, a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has become a critic of the Kampala administration led by President Yoweri Museveni under who he once served.

He said it was unfortunate that lawmakers were passing laws that they do not realise could be used to victimise them later. He appealed to legislators to make laws that are for the good of the nation.

Bukenya went on to say that such an unpopular law is likely to be overturned by another government. He said he is optimistic it will not stay on the law books for a long time.

Bukenya’s comments come just a month after Parliament passed the controversial Public Order Management Bill despite protests from the opposition in Parliament, Human Rights activists and Non-Government Organisations.

The Law intends to regulate public gatherings that exceed three people and also requires one to get permission from police to have a gathering in a public place.

Currently the Bill awaits assent from President Yoweri Museveni.

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