Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Police Notice of the Occupy Parliament Campaign
Bakampa Brian Baryaguma,
c/o Law Development Centre,
Plot 339, Kagugube Road, Makerere,
P.O. Box 7117, Kampala, Uganda.
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014.
Kampala Metropolitan Police,
P.O. Box 2976, Kampala, Uganda.
Re: Notice of the Occupy Parliament Campaign
On Tuesday, 22 April, 2014, we launched a campaign codenamed Occupy Parliament, the details and motivations of which are contained in a copy of the media release hereon attached [visit http://bbbakampa.blogspot.com/2014/04/media-release-on-occupy-parliament.html]. The Uganda Police is hereby notified of this matter, in accordance with the Public Order Management Act, 2013.
The campaign will formally begin on Wednesday, 7 May, 2014, from 6:00 am and run indefinitely, unless and until duly called off in consequence of due satisfaction of the campaigners’ demands as stated in the media release that is hereon attached. On the first day, about 250,000 people will peacefully assemble at parliament building, in the parliamentary gardens and the precincts of parliament. The number will keep growing as time goes by.
I am unable to indicate the consent of the owner of the venue – presumably the Parliamentary Commission – because it is not to be reasonably expected that such consent will be granted. Actually, it would be foolhardy to think so. Most importantly, it should be noted that parliament is a public institution that runs on public resources and is ordinarily owned by the people of Uganda. Therefore, Ugandans, collectively assembled for purposes of national interest, do not need permission to use property, which ordinarily belongs to them especially, if it is reasonably understood that such permission will not be granted anyway, even if sought.
Our gallant officers, men and women in the police and other security agencies, are particularly and specially called upon to be patriotic enough, by enabling – not hindering – our citizens in the enjoyment of their fundamental human rights and freedoms.
Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
c.c. The Right Honourable Speaker, Parliament of the Republic of Uganda.