Pan-Africanists in Uganda have already written to the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, alerting him of a planned march to Parliament to petition the speaker against the recently passed GMO bill.
Led by Andrew Irumba Katusabe, the Speaker-The Pan-Africa live Debate, the Pan-Africanists have already collected enough signatures to have the GMO bill annulled as it is more harmful to the country’s agriculture sector.
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“Last time the commandant of Kampala Metropolitan Police Afande Haruna Isabyire denied us to demonstrate against xenophobia in S.A when I wrote to him,” Irumba says.
“He didn’t say he didn’t have powers to agree or disagree, he didn’t even insinuate that we were to write to IGP himself.”
Irumba says when they wrote to Isabirye again on the march against GMOs, he first “sat on it, and then one day to go he advises that write to IGP, but he is quick to add,”im afraid you are late”!”
They have now resolved to write to the IGP and in their letter are details of why they are against the new bill.
This is their letter to Kayihura:
The Inspector General of Police,
Uganda police force,
Gen. Kale Kayihura,
P.o.Box……, Date: 12th/May/2015
RE: NOTICE FOR PAN-AFRICAN PEACEFULL MATCH TO PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA & HAND OVER OF PETITION TO HON.SPEAKER REBECCA KADAGA OVER PROPOSED GENETICALLY MODIFIES ORGANISMS (GMOs) BILL ON FRIDAY 15th /MAY/2015, AT 10AM.
Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs as they are commonly known are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering or GE). This experimental technology merges deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA) from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
We would like to bring it to your attention that proponents of GMOs have targeted the East African Community as a playing ground and they are at the moment doing everything possible convincing the East African Governments to pass laws that favour their business growth.
For instance, the Government of the Republic of Uganda passed the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy in 2008 and is now in advanced stages of passing the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, 2012 commonly known as the GMO Bill specifically to promote Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Uganda.
We would like to cause it known to you that, most of the laws passed by the East African governments on GMOs have not been given much public consultation and yet Article 1 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to which most of the East African countries are signatories, demands that, the public must debate thoroughly and agree on the introduction of GMOs in a country.
GMOs are not healthy. Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In nearly 50 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs due to effects associated with their usage.
It’s against that background that THE PAN-AFRICA LIVE DEBATE , an intellectual non-partisan discussion forum built on the Pillars of PAN AFRICANISM, PATRIOTISM and NATIONALISM whose Ideal/pre-occupation is to REVIVE intellectual discourse among the youths with a bias of re-constructing our lost Pan-Africanism, patriotism and Nationalism Values and spirit, Food Rights Alliance, Action Aide Uganda and general members of the public wish to painstakingly seek the attention of the speaker on this matter by presenting a petition to her on the above mentioned date and time.
The intention of this letter therefore is to formally notify you of this peaceful, lawful activity but also seek for your constitutional obligation of providing the necessary security assistance.
Thanking you for your usual cooperation.
Andrew Irumba Katusabe
Speaker-The Pan-Africa live Debate