Government and opposition leaders on Friday settled to work together and come to a universal interpretation of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) as Uganda 2016 general elections draws nearer.
In a meeting organized by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, attended by representatives from the government and the opposition to discuss practical steps for ensuring that the forthcoming elections are conducted in a free, peaceful and secure environment, the two parties agreed that there is need to put in place an enabling law to guide the recruitment, training and operations of community policing.
“At the agreed of the meeting; the two parties…tasked the Attorney General to work with his counterpart in the Opposition and other stakeholders to come to a common understanding and interpretation of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) and advise the Police to implement it accordingly,” Julius Mucunguzi, the Prime Minister’s communications adviser said in a press statement yesterday.
The two parties also proposed that the “ongoing training of Crime Preventers needs to be reviewed” and “agreed that they will not tolerate formation of militia groups.”
They also came to a consensus that peace, stability and security of the country is a common good that must be jealously guarded by all to sustain democracy and development.
The Government delegation was led by The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, while the Opposition was led by The Leader of the Opposition, Rt Hon Wafula Oguttu.
The Government side
Hon Dr Crispus Kiyonga, Minister of Defence
Hon Muluri Mukasa, Minister of Gender and Social Development
Hon James Baba, Minister of State for Internal Affairs
Hon Fred Ruhindi, Attorney General
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochola
The Opposition side
Hon Abdul Katuntu, Shadow Attorney General
Hon Reagan Okumu
Hon Medard Lubega Sseggona, Shadow Minister of Justice
Hon Muwanga Kivumbi