Citizens unite to reject the Public Order Management Law
By; DEO WALUSIMBI & SOLOMON LUBAMBULA
Weeks after its passage in parliament, residents of Abayita ababiri along Entebbe road who are partial to the citizens in Uganda, have united to reject the stricter Public Order Management law which is still on the shelves of President Museveni, awaiting his signature to be fully implemented.
The People who spoke to Unwanted witness Uganda, suggested that the law might fail to see the light of the day, should President Museveni who always advocates for the protection of laws, Human rights and good governance that ensures democracy, fails heed to the pleas of the citizens
Michael Kasozi, who is an engineer told Unwanted witness Uganda that “My personal view is that this law is silly, it was enacted to gag us and those in opposition but it is not realistic, it is not enforceable,” for instance, he said, adding “we have laws that govern us since time immemorial. Who is going to stop any one from organizing a public gathering like a wedding?” Kasozi stressed.
Godfrey Bukenya, a driver says “I do not understand the spirit in which government brought this law so I have no appeal to the President Museveni even though the law is awaiting for his signature because he knows that it is against democracy”
Another resident Moses Gabindadde who is a land a surveyor didn’t have kind words for the stricter act.
“The Public Order Management Bill… the way I understand this law, it is like they have resolved to undermine our rights and cultural values in Buganda region, because cultural gatherings, like funeral rites, introduction and wedding ceremonies” “How do you expect me to ask for permission when I have lost my dear one? That is practically impossible” a tough talking Bukenya told us.
He further argued “if government was fulfilling its obligations to the people, they wouldn’t be prompted to gather to discuss but its failure to play its roles towards the issues that affect their livelihoods, compels them to do so”
Whereas Robert Ssemugga, says that “The law infringes our rights and freedom to the extent that government would be mandated to make you first ask for permission from them to have a public meeting which is unacceptable because a simple definition of a public meeting would encompass funeral rites, burial meetings and weddings etc…” he said, asking that “What if I fail to write to police so, would that mean that I miss out on conducting the last funeral rites for my deceased child or parent? Ssemugga asked. “I just can’t comply to that fake law because it is impossible and unacceptable” he vowed.