President Yoweri Museveni has assented to the Public Order Management Bill which was passed by Parliament on August 1st amid drama as Opposition MPs protested its passage, accusing deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah of being “human rights insensitive”.
According to sources President Museveni assented to the Public Order Management bill in September this year. “President signed the Public Order Management law which was recently
passed by Parliament” a source told unwanted witness Uganda on Thursday evening.
When reached for comment, the director of Media Centre, Ofwono Opondo confirmed this information saying that “It is true that the President assented to the Public Order Management act on 12th September 2013” Museveni’s signing of this law now means that it has become one of the latest draconian laws enforceable by Police.
The version of the law passed by parliament, obligates all organizers of public gatherings to ask for permission from police in writing, seven days prior to the date of the rally an issue which a section of Ugandans, mainly opposition politicians and Human rights
activists are opposed to, on account that it violates inherent rights such as freedom of assembly, freedom of association among others.
By the time of its passage, in August, opposition politicians were challenging its sections majorly Section eight which gives police powers to allow or disallow any gathering they deem a threat to the security of the Country and different people were vowing to challenge it in court should President Museveni signs it to become a law.
Currently, different politicians and Civil Society activists under their Umbrella Citizens’ Alliance, (Call Uganda) are traversing several parts of the country in their bid to sensitize citizens such that they can know the dangers embedded in the law which was signed by President Museveni.
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