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Police Clarifies on Alleged Ban of Meetings in Private Homes

Fred Enanga. Courtesy Photo

The Uganda Police has debunked reports that it has banned meetings that happen in people’s homes. In a press briefing last week, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that politicians who hold public meetings in private homes are required to abide by the Public Order Management Bill. He mentioned that people entertain over 700 people in  homes that have one toilet and no equipment to protect people in case of an attack.

Enanga said that they’d police events that happen in private homes as long as they are of public interest. After that presser, the media ran stories that the police had banned meetings in homes. Enanga says he was misunderstood.

“We came out and pointed out that there are a number of political and non-political actors and groups taking public meetings in homes. We didn’t say kwanjula meetings any such like meetings.”

Enanga emphasises that private homes become public places when public meetings are held there. And they will police any public meetings that happen in private homes.