News Editor, Kayihura To Debate Public Order Bill


nurse "sans-serif"; font-size: small; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-ansi-language: EN;”>The editor of the famous news-breaking website will discuss “The Implications of the Public Order Management Bill, sildenafil 2011 On Democracy In Uganda” during the high level debate at Seascallop in Kamwokya.

Muhame, who will represent the media, is bound to face stiff intellectual challenge from Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura and Aruu County MP Odonga Otto.

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Activists have since slammed architects of the bill, saying its motive is to curtail freedom of assembly, a crucial tenet of multi-party democracy.

Uganda Human Rights Commission has said the bill components flout human rights norms as provided by the Constitution and Uganda’s international human rights obligations.

“The Bill should aim at facilitating rather than prohibiting demonstrations in conformity with the law. The Bill should be precise, and balance the right to assembly with other rights and should only impose restrictions that are acceptable and justifiable in a free and democratic society,” noted the UHRC chairperson, UHRC’s Medi Kaggwa told Parliament recently.

According to the Bill, it’s mandatory for organisers to seek permission from police authorities before holding any ‘public meeting’.

The bill further defines a public meeting as “a meeting of three or more people, in a public place, that discusses any principles, policy, actions or failure of any government, political party or political organisation”.

The contentious Bill gives police powers to turn down applications to hold public meetings if they have reasonable cause.

It also provides that organisers must be held to account for any loss of property or life caused by the public meeting.

While activists claim the right to peaceful assembly is provided for in the Constitution and international treaties signed by Uganda, police say peaceful demonstrations have since been hijacked by dangerous elements thus destruction of property and loss of innocent lives.

According to the Constitution, “these rights are inherent and not granted by the State” (Art 20) and that they cannot be limited, except to protect the rights of others and/or in the public interest.”

Kayihura and Otto are highly trained lawyers. The Police boss was once a Political Commissar of the army. He recently arrested and charged three opposition activists Ingrid Turinawe, Francis Mwijukye and Sam Mugumya of treason. Kayihura said police had evidence to pin them on conspiring to cause regime change using violent means.

Giles Muhame has appeared on over 100 international media houses especially CNN, BBC, Washington Public Radio, Skynews, Sweden National Television, Canada Broadcasting Corporation among others.

According to the function’s chief organiser Andrew Irumba, preparations for the function have been accomplished.

“We call upon all Pan Africanists to turn up in huge numbers. The function kicks off at 6pm sharp and entrance is free,” Irumba clarified.


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