Robert Ssekajiija, a resident of Kiwogozi zone in Luweero town said that in past, Police has used the absence of ambulances, fire brigade and manpower among other requirements, to block rallies and other gatherings in the area. He challenged the DPC to prove that the said requirements were fulfilled before the same dialogue was allowed.
Luweero District Police Commander
Ahmed Musakana has faced a tough time defending the Police Force for alleged
selective application of the Public Order Management Act.
This was during a public dialogue
organized by Hub for Investigative Media at Luweero taxi park, last evening.
The dialogue, aimed at creating awareness on Access to Information in public
offices was attended by Police Officers, the Chief Magistrate Samuel Munobe, the
Resident District Commissioner Phoebe Namulindwa, Deputy Chief Administrative
Jesca Ndagire, Local Leaders and residents.
During the dialogue, residents
asked Musakana to explain the criteria used to block or allow a public
gathering, and accused the police of selective application of provisions of the
Public Order Management Act.
Robert Ssekajiija, a resident of
Kiwogozi zone in Luweero town said that in past, Police has used the absence of
ambulances, fire brigade and manpower among other requirements, to block
rallies and other gatherings in the area. He challenged the DPC to prove that
the said requirements were fulfilled before the same dialogue was allowed.
Another resident Geoffrey Kaddu
of Kasoma zone in Luweero said that over time, Political party leaders notify the Inspector-General of Police as the law provides but the District Police
Commanders turn around and disperse their gatherings on flimsy grounds.
Other residents questioned why the
Police don’t provide the firefighting equipment and ambulances when a group
applies for permission to hold a public rally, to ensure that meetings are held
peacefully rather dispersing them.
//Cue in; “Okwemulugunya
Cue out…Mu nkiiko endala.”//
But Musakana said that some
gatherings are blocked on the basis of intelligence reports that they may turn
violent or don’t meet the requirements as the law stipulates. Musakana also acknowledged
that others are dispersed on ‘orders from above’.
He added that the Police will continue
to use force to disperse unlawful assemblies.
//Cue in; “Why Police…
Luweero Chief Magistrate Samuel
Munobe asked the residents to respect the law since it was introduced to ensure
there is order in society.
//Cue in; “Naye ekikulu mu byonna…
Last year, the Luweero District
Police Commander led a team of officers that dispersed a meeting convened by
the Democratic Party inside Fatima Hall in Luweero town.
Early this year, Police used teargas
to disperse supporters of MP Robert Kyagulanyi when he tried to convene a
consultative meeting in several places across the country. Several other
opposition leaders have been arrested and other blocked from organizing