UGANDA: Stop Arresting People For The Crime of “Idle and Disorderly”

H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda has directed that no person should be arrested for the crime of “idle and disorderly”. The President has also directed that all those already arrested for this crime, be released immediately and prosecution discontinued.

I hereby instruct all police officers to fully comply with H.E. the President’s directive on the above subject matter.

The President has further directed that all the people arrested by the KCCA enforcement personnel in Kampala and are in prison for failure to pay a fine of shs. 1 million be released immediately but warned not to repeat the offence of selling merchandise on the pavements.

By copy hereof, the Executive Director of Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) is also asked to comply with the directive of H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda.






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1 October, 2019

The Campaign to Decriminalise Poverty and Status is a coalition of organisations from across the world that advocate for the repeal of laws that target people based on poverty, status or for their activism.


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