Monday, May 5, 2014
Suspension of the Occupy Parliament Campaign
Bakampa Brian Baryaguma,
c/o Law Development Centre,
Plot 339, Kagugube Road, Makerere,
P.O. Box 7117, Kampala, Uganda.
Monday, 5 May, 2014.
Kampala Metropolitan Police,
P.O. Box 2976, Kampala, Uganda.
Re: Suspension of the Occupy Parliament Campaign
Reference is made to my letter of Tuesday, 29 April, 2014, addressed to you, notifying Uganda Police Force and by extension, other security agencies of our Occupy Parliament Campaign that was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, 7 May, 2014. The letter was accompanied by a copy of our media release dated Tuesday, 22 April, 2014, on the same campaign.
This is, once again, to inform the Uganda Police Force and other security agencies that we have decided to suspend this campaign for two weeks, until Monday, 19 May, 2014, in the same manner and terms as stated in the letter and media release, alluded to earlier. This decision follows positive developments at parliament. We have been reliably informed by the Clerk to Parliament that the Legal Department is through with preparation of the motion to be presented before the House. She even requested us to identify two Members of Parliament (MPs) – one to move the motion and another to second it – which we did and communicated accordingly. She promised that her office would follow up the matter with them. We trust and believe that this will be done.
The suspension therefore, is meant to allow parliament enough time and space to handle this matter without panic or inconvenience. We are grateful to the Legal Department for the job well done. Let me also clarify that this and any further ultimatums (if any) will not necessarily be addressed to particular departments of parliament, but to parliament as an institution. This is because we don’t want to be embroiled in the intricacies and internal management and/or politics in parliament.
Meanwhile, we are very grateful to the Uganda Police Force and other security agencies, for cooperating with us so far. We hail them you for exhibiting this impressive level of patriotism.
Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
c.c. The Right Honourable Speaker, Parliament of the Republic of Uganda.
c.c. Clerk to Parliament