By Ronald Kabuye
Uganda police force has okayed the opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC public consultative meetings on the land amendment proposals in constitutional amendment bill number 13 where government seeks compulsory take over of privately owned land at the price they deem fit.
According to the press release issued by the director Human Rights and legal affairs of police AIGP Twaruhukwa Erasmus in the meeting that was attended to by opposition legislators including the the opposition chief whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Ngenda and shadow minister for internal affairs Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi and the police side had directorate of legal services, operations and public relations at the police headquarters, they agreed that the public meetings should be restricted to land amendments and that the notice of the meetings should be delivered more than the three days that are stipulated in the public order management act POMA to allow them to prepare adequately to secure the meetings and late receipt of the same.
“we wish to assure FDC, other political players and the general public of our commitment to secure the consultative meetings in order to ensure an environment of peace and safety during their discussion.” concluded the press release
Now this means that if police keeps to the commitment, the opposition rally in masaka that will see them launch their campaign dubbed “Nfiira ku ttaka” literally meaning I will die for my land as announced by the opposition leaders in parliament led by the leader of opposition Winnie Kiiza on Thursday will not be disrupted by police since they were notified on the 18th of this month.
The campaign will also see the opposition leaders traverse all the 16 sub regions of Uganda.
By Ronald Kabuye