Regular and military police officers have arrested members of the Jobless Youth Brotherhood in Kampala for distributing fliers protesting against the proposed lifting of the presidential age limit.
Donning white overalls inscribed on “Stop! Constitution ahead. 75 is the limit”, the youth took to the streets in down town Kampala on Monday to rally the citizens.
Their message to the citizens is ‘to protect the Constitution before it’s weak to defend you’.
“This is our country. It belongs to Ugandans. We will go to parliament on Thursday. We will fight on,” the youth chanted before they were picked up by police and rushed away.
The 14 youth are currently detained at Central Police Station [CPS] in Kampala.
Led by its national coordinator, Norman Tumuhimbise, Jobless Brotherhood made its name when it became infamous for throwing pigs at parliament, KCCA and even State House while protesting unemployment and other ills.
In February this year, the youth threw yellow pigs at the Auditor General’s office.
In March, the same group threatened to intensify demonstrations around Kampala as a sign of loss of confidence in Parliament.
In July, they burnt t-shirts with a portrait of President Yoweri Museveni to show their dissatisfaction with the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017.
Their new demonstration is now targeting the 277 ruling party NRM legislators who last week voted to move a private members bill to remove article 102(b) from the constitution.
Now Kitagwenda MP Abas Agaba, Mawokota South MP John Bosco Lubyayi, all say they were dragged into the parliament meeting without prior knowledge of what would take place there.
They join Luuka South MP Stephen Kisa, Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo, Kumi Municipality’s Silus Aogon, Kyenjojo Woman MP Spellanza Baguma, Sam Lyomoki (Workers), Felix Okot Ogong (Dokolo South), Patrick Nsamba Oshabe (Kasambya), Barnabas Tinkasiimire, Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) and Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko who are against the motion.
Meanwhile, a section of NRM MPs on Friday threatened to move a censure motion against minister of state for Investment and Privatization Evelyn Anite, the outspoken supporter of the anti-age limit bill who claimed the army supports promoters of the bill.
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