As the National Unity Platform (NUP) rolls out its nationwide mobilization tours, including the inauguration of party offices, mobilization rallies, and meetings across various districts, the Uganda Police Force (UPF) is taking measures to ensure these activities are conducted in a regulated and secure manner in line with the political party laws.
Fred Enanga, the Uganda Police Force Spokesperson, says in a statement published on the police website that under the political party laws, it is imperative that all activities, regardless of political affiliation, are carried out in an organized and lawful manner.
Enanga revealed that the UPF leadership has consequently assigned territorial commanders in the 12 regions across the country to collaborate with NUP’s organizers and ensure the smooth execution of these planned activities. While activities within party offices or premises are considered lawful, the Uganda Police emphasizes the importance of disclosing specific locations for mobilization activities held outside party facilities.
“Please take note that the police have the mandate to regulate public meetings under the provisions of Section 32(1) of the Police Act. Therefore, proof of permission granted by the respective owners of the venues to be used outside the NUP facilities is very important; and restricted to Town Halls and other appropriately enclosed areas,” he said.
Enanga urged NUP organizers to adhere to proper procedures for conducting public meetings, including preparing a traffic assembly plan and ensuring an adequate number of stewards. While recognizing the legitimacy of rallies and demonstrations, Enanga stressed that any actions inciting violence or potentially disrupting public peace and security are strictly prohibited.
“Rallies, processions, demonstrations, acts of incitement to violence or other activity that may lead to incidences likely to cause a breach of the peace or several insecurities are prohibited. It is, therefore, important to liaise with the respective territorial commanders in advance, for proper security planning,” he wrote.
He warned that failure by the organizers to comply with public order requirements outside their party premises, the UPF’s Joint security task teams are prepared to respond in a lawful and appropriate manner. The NUP Party president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu is expected to address his mobilization rallies in Fort Portal City. This follows a successful mobilization tour in Mbarara city on Monday.