The speaker of Uganda’s Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has questioned whether the country will hold the elections come 2021 due to increased violations of human rights of the Ugandans preparing to participate in the elections.
“I am wondering if we are going to have elections next year. Why is the Uganda Police not allowing Members of Parliament to consult and hold meetings in their constituents?” Kadaga (pictured) said during Wednesday’s plenary sitting.
This was after e Busiro East MP, Medard Lubega Sseggona raised the issue of the increased shooting and killing of innocent Ugandans by men in uniform.
“We are seeing children dying in hospitals because drugs have been robbed. We cannot see our children being shot dead and just look on. The Minister for Internal Affairs should come to this House and offer an explanation of their actions,” Sseggona said.
It should be noted that on Monday, the police patrol vehicle allegedly knocked and killed Ritah Nabukenya , a people power supporter and on Tuesday security officers are reported to have shot and killed one Daniel Kyeyune at Nansana.
Sseggona said Police are abusing the public order management Act that was passed by parliament in 2015 that they are now using it to disallow any public meeting in contravention of the law.
Speaker Kadaga noted that she has received several MPs who have been blocked from organizing meetings in their constituencies wondering whether candidates will be allowed to campaign.
She directed the Minister of Internal Affairs to come to the floor of Parliament and explain where the police officers get directives they implement which are undemocratic.