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African Parties Want Uganda To Revoke Public Order Law

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no rx search http://covintec.cl/wp-admin/includes/admin-filters.php geneva;”>The parties under their umbrella body, purchase http://cstaab.com/wp-admin/includes/post.php Democratic Union of Africa, pilule http://cirquebijou.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/import.php in a meeting held last week in Lesotho South Africa, resolved particularly that the recently signed Public Order Management Act was bound to contravene the principles of people’s freedoms and human rights as spelt out in a number of international pacts to which the country is signatory.

In the same meeting, Uganda’s former FDC president Col Kizza Besigye was re-elected to serve as DUA chairperson for yet another three years.

According to a statement seen by Chimpreports, the member parties resolved in the meeting that the controversial law be repealed.


“DUA demands that the rights and freedoms of individuals be respected and strongly condemns violation of human rights specifically exhibited in the passing by Uganda government of the Public Oder Management Act 2013,” read the statement.


The law which was signed by HE president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni recently, had since condensed pressures from mainly civil society and opposition political parties and members of the public, to block its enactment, on grounds that it bestowed dictatorial powers to the national police on management of public gatherings and demonstrations.


Some observers have likened the Law to the 1967 Public Order and Security Act which was codified by the Obote regime in that they both ‘seek to gag dissenting views’.


Government, however, maintained that the law was not meant to make the police invincible, but to empower it and discourage the tendencies of using public gatherings by opposition leaders to incite violence.


FDC’s John Kikonyogo, while addressing the press on Monday, said that DUA’s resolution mirrored the way such undemocratic and human rights violating situations in the country were being frowned at by the international community.


Among other resolutions arrived at during the meeting, were ensuring Small Government by reducing over centralisation of state powers, thereby downsizing the cost of government and civil service.

They also called for removal of as much trade barriers as possible between African nations and emphasised much on good governance.


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