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Opinion: Section 8 of POMA is Null- and Void, what does that mean?

Well, now the Constitutional Court came today with a striking judgment. That the Section 8 of the Public Order Management Act of 2013 is unconstitutional. Section 8 of the POMA is very clear. That gives the powers to officers and give the police the authority to block any meeting. It also gives the powers to the Police to disperse a meeting. Also, finally the sub-section also issues the officers in question the powers to assess if a person is disobeying the law or unlawfully assembles. Which makes that person liable for sentencing according to the Penal Code section 117.

Therefore, today’s judgment is vital, as the Police Force by definition now doesn’t have the authority to block any gathering. Neither disperse it or issue an order to stop the public from participate in any public meeting/gathering. This here is an direct consequence of the judgment today.

We knew this law was draconian. The whole law isn’t null and void, just one part of it, but it takes away the powers to enforce it. The Police Force, the authorities is limited by this. This law has banned concerts, public gatherings, consultation meetings, anniversary rallies, opening of political party offices and so fourth. The state has given all sorts of orders and usage of the law to an extent, where the opposition is futile. They couldn’t conduct either internal party organizations nor actually try to gain new followers, since the state stopped it or never allowed them to publicly to gather in the first place.

This law was deemed the Anti-Besigye Act, ABA, the act against Besigye and his political effort to undermine the regime. This came after the Walk to Work. Now, the opposition has one an important battle in the Courts.

There was on judge who didn’t see it like this, that was Stephen Musota. Remember that man, because he stated this, he was the one voting in favour of Section 8 of POMA. Because, there was 4-1 and therefore, it was null and void. However, Stephen stated this: “The limits are now cast in stone and are no longer at the whims or imagination of the Inspector General of Police or his authorized officers”. That is why the whims of the IGP shouldn’t be the factor to allow people to assemble or not. This is why its unconstitutional, which is stated by the other judges on this matter.

What I am suspecting will happen is that the National Resistance Movement will revise and amend this bill. To ensure they have the powers to stop meetings and such before the General Elections 2021. They have had the good need of this bill for years. This will not go away without a blast. I don’t believe the NRM will concede and give way that easily. Not when the rise of Bobi Wine and Besigye is now allowed and cannot be stopped. That is what the NRM worried about and will find new ways to silence it. Especially, when the Police Force has been preoccupied with this partisan politicking for years. Peace.

Opinion: Does the POMA only apply to the Opposition?

Why do I ask this question to myself? Why does ask it all?

Well, the circumstance of the Public Order Management Act of 2013 was designated to control and monitor the actions of Dr. Kizza Beisgye. That’s why it came to existence in the first place. We all should know that by now, but for the ones who didn’t, I was glad to inform you.

With this in regard, as the Police Force issued a statement of monitoring consultation meetings and claiming threats of public safety. While at the same time, the President held campaign meetings and long walks. Either there was no issues where he was, but everywhere else where the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) did party works or where Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine did their thing.

So in regards to that, it seems like the POMA is targeting only the opposition like Besigye and Bobi Wine. Muntu is walking free and also Moses Byamugisha, but they are not a threat to anyone. Mugisha Muntu wouldn’t even touch a grasshopper if it was in his way. He would try to reason with it to let him pass. While seemingly Besigye and Bobi Wine are dangerous, like they are carrying diseases and nuclear weapons, as they are passing the republic trying to gather people around them.

Because, no matter what they do, they get into legal trouble. Neither missing the mark on the venue, not enough toilets, not enough sniffer-dogs, not enough paperwork and not enough windows to escape from the locations. There is always misgivings and reasons to shut it down. Take up the tear-gas, send the mambas, drag the cars, abduct the leadership to unknown locations. Like no matter what these men does, they will get into trouble.

I am sure they could have smallest gathering in the vaults of a bank and it would still be deemed unsafe. Even if that vault was built for a nuclear holocaust and the biblical apocalypse. It wouldn’t have enough doors, enough air or space for the Police Officers to secure the venue. They would block it and take the leaders to nearest prison anyhow.

It doesn’t matter if the People Power or FDC complies with the EC Guidelines and the POMA. The Police and the Army going to go all in. They will show no mercy and make excuses afterwards. Surely, the was something in the air, on the ground or intel that told that a grand macho narcissist of a terrorist would attend. That is why they had to block the venue, even if there is no proof of the existence of the terrorist. Still, the UPF and other agencies will claim so, until Jesus returns.

And as always, we can be rest assured that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) can hold rallies, processions and whatnot without any issues. There is never any issues with the NRM. They can just spontaneously put a tent in any town at any given time and call it rally without anyone bothering them. They can auction goats, cows and their souls without any consideration of POMA. Because, why bother right? They are the rulers, they reign supreme, the others should beg them.

That is how it seems, because the NRM can hold any kind of function without any police interference. Without the army bamboozling the crowds and tear-gas hurting toddlers. Well, that is because they rule the Republic, the others are dissidents.

As long as they are dissidents, the monitoring and the demands will follow. Because they are not following the paradigm of the NRM. That’s why it is like it is. We could laugh about it, but to many have been hurt by this policy. To many whose just by-standers and happen to be in town when the political actors are having their gatherings. So, many have been caught in this web and the ones to blame is the state authorities and their weapons. Since, the opposition didn’t come with guns, but came in SUVs to planned venues, no with intent of violence, but the violence that came was from the state. Peace.

Uganda Police Force: Police Closely Monitoring Consultative Preparations (27.01.2020)

Bobi Wine, the Enemy of he State: Second day of blocked consultation meetings…

After what happened in Gyaza and Kasangati in Wakiso District yesterday and today in Gulu. We can clearly see what the Police Force and Army are up too. They are closing the venues and blocking the People Power Movement from organizing itself ahead of the 2021 General Elections, as their consultation meetings are blocked.

It is two days in a row, after several arrests yesterday, several of leaders and today many activists in Gulu was arrested too. If this the “Democracy” President Museveni ushered in with his Bush-War it is totally futile and worthless. Since, the people cannot meet and greet with one of their candidates, the authorities will not allow it.

We see that the Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is the enemy of state. The state see him as an enemy. Because, every avenue, every place he goes things getting blocked. If it is concerts and now consultation meetings. This just the second type of gatherings the state is blocking in his concern. While, they can easily arrest him and his associates. Even with this news, the syncopates and cadres loyal to the President still praises his every word, but his actions are malicious.

This is a vicious attempt, as they know where Bobi Wine plans to schedule every single meeting, as he has to comply with the laws and also state many factors of it too. People Power Movement has to follow codes, while no matter what they do. The state will charge them or pre-emptive arrest them ahead of a gathering. Because that is what they do.

The state continues to misuse its power. The army and the Police Force are violating their role, as they are supposed to either secure the territory (army) and the police (fight crime and secure the public). However, they are instead being partisan political tools in stopping the opposition. In this regard, they are blocking the People Power and Bobi Wine from meeting and greeting like they are supposed to able too. Especially, if they are supposed to get organized and be able to campaign on a proper manifesto in the future.

We can see more districts closing the venues of People Power, more police presence and army being ordered to be there too. No matter what Bobi Wine does or acts, they will pinpoint one thing he didn’t do. It can always be a mobile-toilet, a specialised closed venue, call private homes, but the police might raid them too. Like there is no tomorrow, because Bobi Wine isn’t supposed to be able to show-up anyhow.

That is why his the enemy of the state. They are not saying it, but their actions are telling. The story is being told. The saga continues and the empire did strike back. Peace.

EFF Condemns the Arrest of Ugandan Liberation Fighter Bobi Wine (06.01.2020)

Opinion: Why comply? When you get ACCESS:DENIED!

This here should be common knowledge, many anticipated this today, but the brutality of it and the determination to defend shows what extent the state does. The Uganda Police Force and its authorities plan to anyway undermine the efforts of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to be a viable Presidential Candidate in 2021. This is just like they have done plenty of times with Dr. Kizza Besigye in the past, and for those that forgotten Dr. Paul Ssemogerere. Both of these gentlemen has been through the line of fire and in legal jeopardy because they choose to oppose the incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Now, it just happens to be Bobi Wine.

What we saw today in Kasangati, Wakiso District isn’t a new tactic. It is the same procedure as last year and the decades before. The same old blocking of the venue, the road-blocks, the tear-gas and the live-bullets. The machinery of oppression and the arrests of the high ranking officials of the opposition too. Even the journalists get taken brutally away, whisked away, as the Police Force doesn’t want their injustice broadcast. Still, they will defend their actions and say it was legal to this.

They are using the penal codes, the public order management act and the presidential elections act. All of these have various codes and statutes, used to hurt the civilians, who stands as a candidate and his team. They are inciting violence, not following guidelines of the Electoral Commission, they didn’t write the right signature on the forms, didn’t have enough dots. All of it gets put into a blender, squeezed and then the public is supposed to drink the juice. Its the taste of impunity and its sold regularly in the Republic and its on sale during election season.

What Bobi Wine and his associates are doing is just politicking, trying to configure their plans and organize ahead of 2021 elections. That is apparently an cardinal sin. The pope, the bishops and priests are calling them sinners and they got to ask the heavenly father for forgiveness. Because, the state is unforgiving for their sinner, unless they are anointed and one of their own. Than, you can steal from the offerings and donations. Even impregnate a nun and call it a bloody Sunday.

That is the reality of it all. It is tedious and boring. Its like a repeating drama, which never ends. Like I told previously, the acts of the Police. The movements of prisoners, the attack on civilians, media and whatnot is scheduled programming. Just like NBS Television and NTV Uganda is ready for boosting ratings, as they miss Fabiola on prime-time. That is just the way it is.

We have seen this before, its getting stale and old. Sort of like seeing the face of the President. The youth and positive spirit is sprinting out of our bodies, as the dire expression, the token of impunity get blended to the public, once again. This repetition and reoccurrence is nearly blinding. The empty hope and total destruction of hope. Since, the state, the Police and everyone always get away with it. It is like they never get hurt, bound or even have to answer for their misuse of power and lack of civility. However, the opposition has to act accordingly and follow the codes.

We can all grin and wonder, but this doesn’t cease here. It is only the start of the things ahead of 2021. This is only the beginning. The false start. The buck-shot has already happen. Now the reality hits the fan and it’s not beautiful. Its a disgraceful mix, the sort of upstart fiasco and total flop. Not because of Bobi Wine. He did his thing, but because of the state and their actions towards him. It might seems like he lost today. But actually, the state did. They shown their true heart, yet again and that is obvious.

They got no heart and didn’t have one to begin with. That is why its so easy for them to silence critics and members of the opposition. Peace.

Uganda Police Force: Police Statement on Consultative Meetings (06.01.2020)

Opinion: Bobi Wine and associates arrests today, shows it has no value in complying with laws…

“Police spokesman Fred Enanga confirmed that Mr Kyagulanyi and members of his entourage had been arrested. “We are temporarily holding them in our police station. We shall have to release them at some later stage but we are looking at charges of holding an unlawful assembly and disobedience of lawful orders,” (…) ““The meetings are supposed to be in enclosed venues as guided by the Electoral Commission,” Mr Enanga added on Monday” (Derrick Wandera – ‘Bobi Wine transferred to Nagalama Police station’ 06.01.2020, Daily Monitor).

Is there any help in complying with the Public Order and Management Act of 2013 and the Presidential Elections Act of 2005? After today, the whole public and everyone whose a stakeholder should scream: “NO”. No sir, there is no way you can get cleared or fixated without meeting the Police Force and they finding something to pinpoint. Because, that is what they did in concern of the People Power Movement and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine today.

Because the laws itself is screwed that way, they can nearly interpret anything as a Public Meeting, a gathering and then use their authorization to deny the meeting, block the venue and call it unlawful. Since, that is what they do. There is no denying in that either, as that what happens and on a regular basis from the Police Force.

Even one of the laws states this.

Presidential Elections Act of 2005:

“3. Aspirant consultations

(1) An aspirant may consult in preparation for his or her nomination as a presidential candidate within twelve months before the nomination date.

(2) While consulting under subsection (1), a presidential aspirant may—

(a) carry out nation-wide consultations;

(b) prepare his or her manifesto and other campaign materials;

(c) raise funds for his or her campaign through lawful means;

(d) convene meetings of national delegates.

(3) While consulting, the aspirant shall introduce himself or herself to the Commission and notify the relevant local council and the police of the area to which he or she goes” (Presidential Elections Act of 2005).

What you can say about this is that its not specific about what consultations is. That is why the Police Force uses the means and laws of the Penal Code and the POMA. This is why the Police Force uses unlawful assembly and preventative arrests, instead of shielding the venue and actually safeguarding the participants for the Presidential Candidate. It is very rich of the state to do this, but by this point its their modus operandi.

We knew this would happen, this is the sort of things that at this point is written in the stars, that is carved into stone and a natural reflex of the state to flex upon the opposition and use their force to block and stop the activities of them. That is just the way it is. Not that its wise nor brilliant. However, it sends a signal and shows their contempt of assembly and consultations in general. Peace.

Bobi Wine and associates blocked, arrested and stopped from their first consultation meeting

Today, the police arrested Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, Joel Ssenyonyi , Asuman Basalirwa, Latif Ssebagala, Benjamin Katana and Lewis Rubongoya at Kasangati police station. This as the opposition MP, Bobi Wine planned to follow up his first scheduled and announced consultation meetings ahead of his Presidential bid in 2021.

This shows that the notifications, that the letters to both the Police Force and the Parliament is useless. As the tear-gas, the blocked venue in in Gayaza, at the Our Lady of Good church.

If the Police Force, the authorities thinks this is big business, which this is efforts well made. They are very wrong. They are just showing their impunity and their oppressive behaviour. By first mandating the opposition to follow protocol, notify and follow the laws. While doing so, prepare to block the venues, arrest the leaders and stop the meeting from ever happening. That is just wrong.

The Police has said the organizers didn’t secure the security for the participants and also lacking toilets at the location. Nevertheless, the Police had enough security to block of the venue, put roadblocks all-over and arrest the leadership. You go figure, what the priorities where, it wasn’t for the opposition to meet and greet, but it was to detain the leadership and seal off the venue.

The media also got to pay for their monitoring of the unfolding events:

“JUST IN: Police has arrested NBS reporter Edward Kisekka, Radio Simba’s Ssematimba Bwejiire and NTV’s Arnold Sseremba. This as they covered the arrest of presidential hopeful Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi” (NBS Television, 06.01.2020).

What has happen to the politicians they have been detained for a few hours at Kasangati Police Station, but now its reported that they are being moved to Naggalama Police Station for further arrest, where they will be behind bars for longer. Who knows for what charges or for what reason they all got arrested. It will surely be in the bounds of inciting violence or unlawful assembly. We don’t know yet, but this is another misuse of preventative arrests, which have done before by the authorities in concern with opposition leaders and MPs.

All of this happening in Gyaza in Wakiso district isn’t new. That opposition leaders getting detained in Kasangati isn’t new either. This is ordinary, scheduled programming, but the intent is shown and the force of the state is there. That the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and their authorities does this. Only further proves, their liberation struggle was for a handpicked few, but not the for public at large. Because, if so, why cannot a man who has followed all procedure get to hold consultation meetings ahead of presidential candidacy in the upcoming election?

That just doesn’t make sense.

That’s why the authorities says things like these: “They should have requested for security of their participants which they have not done – Edson Muhangi, Kasangati DPC on why Bobi Wine’s consultative meeting has been blocked” (NTV Uganda, 06.01.2020).

When a man has done everything in advance and the authorities knows about it. Why not offer security? You got manpower to detain, block and put up roadblocks. In regards to not being informed or not having capacity to secure the venue. If the authorities really minded it. They would have all resources to secure them and the public to participate. However, they were predetermined to seal it off and arrest the opposition leaders. Which isn’t shocking, but yet another story in how the Police Force and the government handles opposition in the Republic at the stage. Peace.

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