In a joint communiqué signed by the IPOD council Chairman also Democratic Party (DP) secretary general Dr Gerald Blacks Siranda and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, they agreed to form a committee comprising of the Attorney General (AG) and the Secretary Generals of all the five parties under IPOD.
KAMPALA - The Inter-Party Organisation Dialogue (IPOD), a structure that brings all political parties represented in Parliament has formed a joint committee to review the controversial Public Order Management Act (POMA).
This was agreed upon during the IPOD council sitting at Resort Hotel Munyoyo.
In a joint communiqué signed by the IPOD council Chairman also Democratic Party (DP) secretary general Dr. Gerald Blacks Siranda and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, they agreed to form a committee comprising of the Attorney General (AG) and the Secretary Generals of all the five parties under IPOD.
The parties under IPOD include; DP that is the chairing the council, Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), Justice Forum (Jeema), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
The meeting will examine the POMA, taking into account the harmonised interpretation by the AG, and the Shadow AG issued in a press release of December 8, 2015.
It is also expected to consider experiences, developments, and flaws in the implementation of the POMA and propose draft regulations for streamlining and smoothening the implementation of the POMA 2013.
The committee was given 10 days to report back to the IPOD council.
The meeting was attended by Mwesigwa Rukutana (Deputy Attorney General), Gen. Elly Tumwine (Security Minister), Gen. Jeje Odong (Internal Affairs Minister), Karooro Okurut (Minister for General Duties and National Guidance), Kasule Lumumba (NRM secretary general) and Nandala Mafabi (FDC’s Secretary General), among others.
Siranda said they deliberately invited persons in charge of government ministries to point the country in the right direction.
The leader of Opposition in Parliament, Betty Aol Ocan said the main issue is the implementation of the POMA, which needs to be addressed.
“Police is mistreating and restricting us the Opposition. They term the notice to permission,” she added.
Rugunda said they had a vibrant and productive discussion on issues affecting the country with particular emphasis on the POMA which has been a bit controversial and agreed on the way forward.
This comes at the time when the Opposition members are accusing the police of continued disruption of their activities under the guise of the law.
On several occasions, police have blocked FDC activities saying they do not meet the guidelines. On Monday, police also blocked the music concert of Kyadondo East MP who also subscribes to the People Power pressure group, Robert Kyagulayi claiming the same.