Women Activists Petition Against Fee on Campaign Posters

Former legislator and Ethics Minister, Hon. Miria Matembe appealed to Parliament that as they pass laws, they are mindful of how they will affect society

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Force Commander Lt. General Jonathan Rono has called for enhancement of cooperation between the peace keeping force and Somalia Government to bolster the fight against Al-Shabaab terrorists.

This came after an Al Shabaab attack that left 15 people dead at Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu town on Sunday.

A vehicle borne improvised explosive device was used to breach the hotel’s security, more about in what AMISOM described as “another senseless attack that has led to loss of life.”

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Gen Rono was speaking during a meeting with Somalia Premier, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke in the Capital on Sunday.

Discussions further focused on the political and security situation in the country, as consultations ahead of the 2016 general election get underway.

Speaking at the meeting, Prime Minister Sharmarke spoke of the good relationship between the Federal government and AMISOM, which he said has enabled key gains particularly in the security sector.

“On the security aspect, we are making a lot of progress but we need to continuously improve. Coordination and cooperation are key to defeating the Al-Shabaab,” said the Prime Minister Omar as he enumerated gains, especially the improved security situation that is enabling the political process.

The attack showed the country still has a long way to go to defeat the terrorism orchestrated by militants.

AMISOM commended the “fast and professional response by the Somali Government security forces that enabled timely control of the situation.”

It also reiterated the need for “continued cooperation and support to the Government of Somalia and its troops, to stop these acts of terror perpetuated on the Somali people by Al Shabaab.”


Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council condemned “in the strongest terms” the attacks and paid tribute to the quick response of the Somali National Army in responding to the assault.

Further the Council reaffirmed its determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with the UN Charter.

“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, wherever and whenever and by whomsoever committed,” said the statement on Sunday.

The Security Council members also highlighted the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.

Further, they also urged all States, to cooperate actively with the Somali authorities, in accordance with their obligations under international law, and relevant Security Council resolutions.

“The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law,” said the statement.
Civil Society Activists, this under the umbrella of the Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET), have appealed to the Parliament to intervene and review the charges levied by the Kampala Capital City Authority for pinning up posters in Kampala City.

KCCA allegedly announced that candidates will be charged Shs.500 for each poster per day.

The activists delivered a petition to the Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga on Friday.

They called for an urgent review of the Public Order Management Act (POMA), whose current state threatens the participation of women in national politics.

They accused the Uganda Police Force of committing acts of brutality that have scared many women from actively participating in politics.

Former legislator and Ethics Minister, Hon. Miria Matembe, said the current actions of security forces will grossly affect the Women’s Movement.

“It seems to me members of the Women’s Movement have withdrawn because of the nature of the political environment. They cannot exercise their right to association and the right to belong most especially those in the opposition. We appeal to Parliament that as they pass laws, they are mindful of how they will affect society,” Matembe stressed.

The women also called for a Commission of Inquiry to investigate cases of abuse and brutality by security forces.

Speaker Kadaga in her remarks expressed concern over the commercialization of the electoral process most especially the costs of nomination.

Kadaga also expressed concern over acts of violence exhibited in the recent NRM party primaries across the country.

She called for tolerance as Ugandans prepare for national elections next year.

“As Parliament we are equally concerned. The role of the Police is to facilitate public gatherings. It can’t be a government policy to unleash brutality on its people. We agreed as a country to return to multiparty politics and this system calls for tolerance. I will speak to the Inspector General of Police over the management of public gatherings,” the Speaker noted.

She confirmed that Parliament will debate a report from the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the actions of the Police, once legislators return from the recess.


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