Police chief, Kale Kayihura, has issued a statement warning presidential aspirants on public activities ahead and after their November 3-4 nominations.
Here is the statement:
As you are all aware, the country is at the phase of Nominations for Presidential Candidates scheduled to take place at Mandela National Stadium on 3rd and 4th November 2015.
The Electoral Commission has already issued guidelines on the conduct of Presidential nominations.
It has emphasized the need to have orderly and peaceful nomination activities.
It is important that Presidential nominees access the nomination venue in an orderly and timely manner.
The role of the police is to support the implementation of the programs and guidelines of the Electoral Commission.
Some political organizations intend to organize public activities such as processions and what others may refer to as publicity drives beginning tomorrow, Sunday, 1st November, 2016.
While some of the organizations have duly notified the Police in accordance with section 5 of the Public Order Management Act, other Political Organizations and individuals have not as required. It is only the NRM party that has duly complied.
Under notice of public meetings, the following are required in line with section 5
1. An organizer shall give notice in writing signed by the organizer or his or her agent to the authorized officer of the intention to hold a public meeting at least 3 days but not more than 15days before the proposed date of the Public meeting.
- The notice referred to in (1) shall be in Form A in schedule 2 and shall include.
a) The full name and physical and postal address of the organizer of the proposed public meeting and his or her immediate contact.
b) Where applicable indication of the consent of the owner of the venue where the proposed public meeting is intended to take place
- c) The proposed date and time of the public meeting, which shall be between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm but this time limit shall not apply to a town hall meeting.
- d) The proposed site of the public meeting, the estimated number of persons expected, the purpose of the public meeting and
e) Any other relevant information.
- In the absence of Form A referred to in sub section (2) the organizer shall give notice in writing containing the information required under Form A
- The notice to be given under this section shall be in triplicate and copies shall be given to the applicant and the proprietor of the venue where the Public meeting shall be held.
- Where a public meeting is held each of the persons organizing it commits an offence if –
a) The requirements of this section as to notice have not been satisfied
b) The date when it is held, the time when it starts, or its route, differs from the date, time, or route specified in the notice
6. It is a defense for the accused to prove that he or she did not know, did not suspect, or had no reason to suspect the failure to satisfy the requirements or the difference of date, time, or route
7. To the extent that an alleged offence turns on a difference of dates, time or route, it is a defense for the accused to prove that the difference arose from circumstances beyond his control or from something done with the agreement of an authorized officer or by his direction.
8. An organizer or his or her agent who holds a public meeting without any reasonable excuse and fails to comply with the conditions under this Act commits an offence of disobedience of statutory duty and is liable on conviction to the penalty for that offence under Section 116 of the Penal Code Act
We therefore, urge all political actors and the general public with intentions of holding public meetings to adhere to the requirements of Section 5 of the Public Order Management Act which makes it mandatory to notify the
Inspector General of Police.
Keeping Law and Order
Inspector General of Police