I refer to your letter on the above subject, dated 16 June 2015, giving notice of proposed public meetings under section 5 of the Public Order Management Act, 2013 in which you provide a programme for country-wide consultation in various parts of Uganda between July and August, 2015 as an aspiring candidate under s.3 of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005.
I, also refer to the two letters from the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission to you, dated 18th June 2015, and 22nd June 2015, respectively on the above mentioned subject matter. I, further, refer to legal opinion of the Attorney General of Uganda on the matter contained in a letter to me dated 18th June 2015.
The purpose of my request for the opinion of the Attorney General, was, mainly, for guidance on whether or not the public meetings that you intend to hold are lawful.
In that regard, and as advised by the Attorney General, I had to, first, establish whether, as an aspiring candidate for President for the 2016 general elections, you have been sponsored or endorsed by a political party or political organisation or are independent of a political party or political organization. Note that in your above mentioned letter to me, you were not clear on the matter.
Subsequently, I established from the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission that you are aspiring as a Presidential candidate under NRM.
I, also, sought and got the position of the NRM. I refer to a letter from the Secretary General of the NRM to me and copied to yourself, dated 20th June 2015 stating the party position on the matter.
From the letter, it is clear that your party has neither sponsored nor endorsed you as an aspirant within the meaning o the NRM Constitution and law, and that you have no lock stand to hold public meetings as a prospective presidential flag bearer of the NRM Political Organisation and/or presidential aspirant, and that your aspirations are illegal. (Not p.3 of the above mentioned letter)
Accordingly, in view of the above, your programme of public meeting are not cleared by the Police, and cannot go ahead as intended until, as requested by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, you first “harmonise the position in your letter of introduction to the Electoral Commission and that of your party-the NRM” (Note the letter from the Chairperson, Electoral Commission to yourself dated 22nd June 2015).
There are other issued relating to the requirements under the Public Order Management Act which I will communicate to you, after you have showed evidence to the Police that your intended public meetings are lawful.
For avoidance of doubt, I have attached the above mentioned references.
Gen Kale Kayihura
Inspector General of Police.