The Speaker of Parliament, online Rebecca Kadaga has instructed for commencement of a process that will lead to the deletion of the ‘Idle and Disorderly’ law from the Penal Code Act.
During the 2017 State of the Nation Address, cure President Museveni ordered police to immediately stop arresting youths and any other Ugandan for being idle and disorderly.
Museveni said most of the times youths are deemed idle because they lack of employment opportunities adding that it would be unfair for them to be arrested for that.
During her address to the house during the 3rd sitting of the 1st meeting of the 2nd session of the 10th Parliament, sale Kadaga observed that despite the law being successfully challenged in the Constitutional Court, it still existed in the country’s law books.
“It was expected that after the Court ruling, the office of the Attorney General and the Minister of Justice would move to propose deletion of the provision from the Penal code which was not done.
Kadaga noted that due to that, many citizens have continued to suffer unnecessarily at the hands of the police.
“I am therefore instructing the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to present before this house a motion for amendment of the Penal Code Act in relation to this offence so that it should be removed from our laws.”