Political parties under the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) are set to meet Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola to discuss implementation of new Public Order Management Act (POMA) regulations.
Political Parties secretary generals or their representatives at a recent IPOD event. They will met Inspector General of Police on Sunday to discuss POMA new guidelines
parties under the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) are set to meet the
Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola to discuss implementation of
new Public Order Management Act (POMA) regulations.
The meeting will be held on Sunday at Prime Minister’s office. It will be
chaired by Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
The new regulations unveiled last week by Rugunda were proposed by secretary
generals of political parties and the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa
The regulations are meant to iron out controversial issues in implementation of
parties have for a long time accused security agencies of implementing the law
upside down and using it to curtail their movements and meetings.
The new regulations clarify the power of Inspector General Police, the meaning
of public meetings, procedures for filing notice with the police and what
should police include in its reply to police and timelines for meetings of
political parties, among other issues.
For instance, the regulations have decentralized power of receiving
notifications of political parties from Inspector General of Police as
prescribed in POMA section 3 to any officer at or above rank of Inspector.
The regulations also stipulate that an authorized officer has no right to
authorize or reject the meeting of political parties. He or she is supposed to
only receive notifications from political parties and respond in 48hrs.
IPOD brings together political parties represented in parliament. Current IPOD
members are; Democratic Party (NRM), National Resistance Movement (NRM), Forum
for Democratic Change (FDC), Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) and Justice Forum
The meeting comes ahead of second IPOD summit slated for next week in Lira
District. The summit is a meeting of political parties’ leaders. The first
summit was held in December last year at Speke Resort Munyonyo.