Government has seized over 600 copies of a book titled ‘Controlling Consent’ on Uganda’s 2016 elections. Gives details of how among others voters of Uganda in 2016 primary and general elections at all levels would accept money and other material things in exchange for votes.
The book authored by a number of 22 academicians and civil society leaders, edited by Makerere Law Professor J Oloka-Onyango and Josephine Ahikire from the School of Women and Gender Studies, was published in the aftermath of the controversial 2016 general elections
Government cited “false declaration” by the owners. Government accused the owners of having falsely declared that the book is an education book when it is a political book.
In a tweet, Makerere University law professor Busingye Kabumba described the act as “scandalous” “Your consignment of 668 books has been seized and is liable to forfeiture in accordance with the provisions of the East African Community Customs Management Act,” reads part of the notice of seizure.
The publishers of the book: Centre for Basic Research were informed by customs that “take notice that your consignment of 668 books has been seized and is liable for forfeiture in accordance with the provisions of the East African Community Customs Management Act, on the following grounds: Section/Offence – 203 False declaration,”
“If you claim or intend to claim that the things seized are not liable to forfeiture, you should within one calendar month from the date of this notice, give notice in writing of your claim in accordance with the provisions of section 214 of the Act,” the notice further reads.
This is not the first time government is seizing books.
In 2010, government siezed 500 copies published by Kizza Besigye sister Olive Kobusingye titled “The Correct Line? Uganda under Museveni”, a book that criticized President Yoweri Museveni’s rule.
The book was intercepted at Entebbe Airport. The book, the authors claim that it was an audit or diagnosis of Museveni’s Sowing the Mustard Seed.
About the book
Controlling Consent is a multi and cross-disciplinary anthology on Uganda’s 2016 elections. The book brought together by a group of Ugandan researchers to provide a grounded analysis of the various dimensions of the elections and to reflect on the future governance and development implications of the franchise.
Such an examination is especially important given that 2016 marked only the 3rd election under a multi-party system of government since the National Resistance Movement (NRM) under President Yoweri Museveni assumed power in 1986.
Thus, Controlling Consent makes a critical contribution to the knowledge and understanding of Uganda’s governance and electoral processes and provides a meaningful and extensive engagement with the country’s evolving framework of electoral democracy, both as test of and reflector upon the wider process of political development in the country.