District and Division Police Commanders –DPCs are to ensure all political meetings held in private homes are not allowed, the Police management has resolved.
The directive was made public by Fred Enanga the police spokesperson during the weekly police press conference at Naguru this afternoon. Enanga said that police have noticed a continuous violation of the Public Order Management Act –POMA where politicians hold illegal political meetings in their respective homes or those of their allies.
He further revealed that commanders in various areas must ensure that any meeting involving more than three people is policed in accordance with the provision of POMA or else such gatherings shouldn’t be allowed to happen.
However, City Lawyer also Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwagoargues that the directive is an abuse of the constitution and violations of the rights of people to associate.
An angry Lukwago reminded police that the Constitutional court pronounced itself that the Force has no authority to license public gathering but rather to provide security.
During the weekly party press briefing, Harold Kaija, the Forum for Democratic Change –FDC's Deputy Secretary General wondered why police would prohibit someone from holding meetings in public places and at the same time dispel meetings in private home, warning that what police is doing is likely to cause anarchy because politicians in the ruling party including President Museveni are not prohibited.
On Monday morning, police canceled a consultation meeting organized by the pressure group People Power leaders under the management of Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi who recently expressed interest in running for president come 2021.
The police mouthpiece Enanga argued that the event was blocked due to failure by Kyagulanyi to provide ambulances for his 2000 supporters who were anticipated to show at Our Lady of Good Counsel playground.
In the past, Kyagulanyi has held political meetings in the homes of his opposition colleagues for fear of being blocked by police