Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda has with immediate effect directed security agencies to cease breaking up political party activities.
This directive followed a closed door meeting between political parties in parliament and government, which was meant to discuss implementation of laws regarding public assemblies.
“There is already a political road-map announced by the electoral commission. We would like this political roadmap to be respected by political parties, government and security agencies,” Rugunda announced after the meeting.
“We would like Ugandans to enjoy participation in this roadmap without harassment, disturbance and in a cordial manner”
Rugunda said all parties unilaterally agreed on a set of proposed regulations that will help in implementation of public assembly laws going forward.
With the 2021 political season looming, the prime minister says government will henceforth take the necessary steps to have these guiding principles actualized.
“The regulations are now being considered by government and government is going to take extra steps to ensure that it completes its work and finally presents these regulations to parliament for final approval”, Rugunda intimates.
However, Salaam Musumba, the Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC) vice president for eastern Uganda expressed doubt as to whether the prime minister’s directive will work.
“Right now in Kalangala we have been barricaded, I hope the police in Kalangala have heard the moratorium. For me, I will take the prime minister’s word for the last time. But I doubt what we are talking about is serious at all. But I would love to be proved wrong”, she said.
The meeting was attended by party secretary generals under IPOD and the internal affairs minister Gen. Jeje Odongo.
Police chief Martin Okoth Ochola who was also expected to grace the meeting was reportedly ill.
Meanwhile, Musumba reaffirmed her party’s decision not to attend the oncoming IPOD leader’s summit.
“We will not lend credence to a fraudulent thing”, she said.
This will be the second time FDC is absconding from this fete.
However, Musumba said they would continue discussing until they achieve something from this platform.