The Uganda Police force has informed Rtd Col Kizza Besigye not to hold a procession to the electoral commission head office tomorrow where he will be going to pick the copy of the declaration results as he has promised to do.
Kizza Besigye while informing his fans on social media, Kizza Besigye called upon the youth to claim their country and said that tomorrow he will head to the electoral commission head office to pick the declaration results and called the public to join him on the way. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga however says that Dr. Col. Kizza Besigye has not informed the police about the intended procession and therefore confirms that he will be dealt with if he doesn’t respect the law.
Below is the Police release warning about tomorrow’s Kizza Besigye plan.
In reference to media statements by Rtd. Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye, of plans to hold a procession, tomorrow Monday 22nd Feb 2016 from Kasangati to The Electoral Commission head office to purportedly pick up his copy of the declaration of results form, the police wish to inform the general public that it has not received any formal communication from him of the intended procession as required under Section 5 of the Public Order Management Act 2013.
It is clearly stipulated under Section 4 of the Public Order Management Act that a procession is a public meeting and can only be held in accordance with the said Act. On the 8th of December 2015, the Government and the opposition agreed on a harmonized interpretation of the Public Order Management Act. Both parties agreed, among others that notice of a public meeting is mandatory and that the police retains its mandate under the constitution and other relevant laws to preserve law and order even when implementing the provisions of the Public Order Management Act.
In addition to the above, the planned procession coincides with the opening of the new school term and any procession will infringe on the collective rights of the parents and their school going children.
We therefore urge Dr. Kiiza Besigye to respect the law as well as the rights of the parents, their children and the travelling public.
Failure to comply will leave the police no option but to use necessary means to maintain law and order in accordance with the Constitution.
CP Fred Enanga
Press and Public Relations Officer
We are not yet sure if Besigye will comply with the police rules or DEFY as he has been promising to and riots are expected in Kampala tomorrow if no peaceful negotiations will be reached on between the police and Kizza Besigye. Kizza Besigye lost the presidential elections which were held on 18th Feb and the results announced on 20th Feb but he says that the results did not represent what people had decided and says the votes were rigged.