The Uganda Police have advised the public to desist from taking part in tomorrow’s ‘public meeting’ organized by mainly opposition politicians in the wake of the recently released Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) tribunal’s report that found Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago guilty of abuse of office.
On Friday, Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze notified the police of their intention to hold the said meeting at Nakivubo Blue primary School in Kampala.
However, in a press statement issued Sunday afternoon and signed by the Police Spokesperson Judith Nabakooba, the police says Monday’s meeting “SHALL NOT take place as provided under section 6 of the Public Order Management Act 2013”.
Below is the full police statement;
The Inspector General of Police received the letter of Hon. Bakireke Betty Nambooze notifying him about the group’s intention to hold a public meeting at Nakivubo Blue Primary School on November, 18, 2013.
The Inspector General of Police received the letter on the 16th November 2013, at 2:00pm.
However, section 5 of Public Order Management Act 2013, states that, the Organizer of a public meeting shall give notice to the police in writing of the intention to hold a public meeting at least three days before the meeting. It further states under close 2 (b) that the organizers shall prove the consent of the owner of the venue where the proposed public meeting is intended to take place.
Further, under close 2 (d) the organizer is supposed to clearly state the purpose of the meeting and the expected number of people to attend. These provisions have been glossily under mined by Hon. Nambooze.
In view of the above legal requirements which Hon. Nambooze and the group have not fulfilled the Police wishes to inform the general public that, the planned public meeting SHALL NOT take place as provided under section 6 of the Public Order Management Act 2013.
We want to urge the public to shun such illegal activity.