By Moses Mulondo
The Uganda Joint Christian Council has protested the passing of the Public Order Management Bill calling it an abrogation of the constitutional provision of freedom of speech and expression.
In press statement signed by the UJCC chairperson Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali, the religious leaders cited sections 8 and 10 of schedule 2 of the Bill, which provide for approval or non-approval by an authorised Police officer as unconstitutional.
“Our view is that these provisions tantamount to the abrogation of freedom of speech and expression and freedom to assemble, to demonstrate and to petition that are enshrined in Article 29-(1) of the Constitution and which, in our view, are the foundations of good governance, peace and stability,” the bishops argued.
They regretted that Parliament ignored their views, which they had submitted in December 2012.
“It is now public knowledge that our views on this matter were ignored,” they said.