FDC Deputy Spokesperson, John Kikonyogo told journalists at party headquarters that police disrupted their activities over the weekend, two days after government receipt that law is being wrongly implemented.
The Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party has
questioned government’s commitment on changing the way it’s implementing the Public
Order Management Act (POMA), 2013.
FDC's skepticism comes days after government
officials led by Prime Minister, Ruhukana Rugunda admitted that the law is
being implemented wrongly.
This was during an Inter-Party Organisation for
Dialogue (IPOD) meeting. IPOD is an umbrella of political parties represented
A committee was set up last week to draft
regulations that will guide the implementation of POMA.
Political parties have for
years argued that police is not supposed to authorize their meetings but accept
notification letters and provide them security.
That’s what government
officials admitted to last week during the IPOD meeting.
The FDC Deputy Spokesperson, John Kikonyogo told
journalists at party headquarters that police disrupted their activities over
the weekend, two days after government admitted that the law is being wrongly
Kikonyogo says the FDC party president, Patrick
Amuriat Oboi was on Monday morning teargassed in Kasese district where FDC is conducting mobilization activities.
Amuriat, together with FDC four time
presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye and other party officials were
teargassed and their activities disrupted in Kitgum and Lira districts on
Kikonyogo says police should change its actions to
actualize government verbal commitment on POMA implementation.
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The committee set up last week was given 10 days to draft regulations.
There are a flurry of ongoing meetings to thrust out
contentious issues. Kikonyogo says FDC is committed to dialogue.
FDC snubbed the first IPOD summit-meeting of party
presidents—held in November last year.
The party has issued threats that it may
not attend the second summit slated for next month.
Kikonyogo told journalists that the party will
convene a management and National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting very soon
to take positions on POMA and IPOD the second summit.
But, he warned that they will
boycott the second summit if police continues disrupting their activities.