MPs order Aronda to meet opposition
Posted Wednesday, April 2 2014 at 01:00
Parliament has directed the Internal Affairs minister, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, to meet opposition leaders and agree on new rules for organising rallies.
The House said the police are currently wrongly implementing existing laws on public gatherings.
“There are factual issues raised by my left side of the House about things that have gone wrong...excesses that have been seen,” Mr Jacob Oulanyah, the deputy speaker of Parliament, said during yesterday’s plenary.
“I have directed that this meeting must take place today or tomorrow. On Thursday, the minister should be able to report to the House about the details of the meeting,” said Mr Oulanyah.
This comes against the backdrop of a claim by the opposition that Gen Aronda and Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura were reluctant to explain why they were blocking them from addressing gatherings.
Gen Nyakairima told MPs on the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee that they will meet on Thursday.
“We have agreed to meet the opposition leaders and discuss the gross misunderstanding of the Public Order Management Act,” he said.
Yesterday, opposition leaders held a meeting to hammer out a contingency plan in the event that the said meeting does not yield results.
Meanwhile, Gen Kayihura will today appear before the MPs to explain why the police are restricting opposition activities.