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Democratic Party anti-corruption activists arrested

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Members of the Democratic Party Youth league intercepted by police as they walk to the Prime Ministers’ office to handover  a petition on Tuesday.

Members of the Democratic Party Youth league intercepted by police as they walk to the Prime Ministers’ office to handover a petition on Tuesday. Photo by Rachel Mabala 

By Shabibah Nakirigya

Posted  Tuesday, November 20  2012 at  14:41
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Six members of the Uganda young Democrats were Tuesday arrested as they tried to demonstrate against what they termed as alarming levels of corruption in government.

Holding placards that denounced corruption, the youth who subscribe to the opposition Democratic Party were arrested a few metres from the headquarters of the party on Burton Street.

Mr Alex Waiswa, the spokesperson of UYD said their petition was intended to support MPs who have demanded the resignation of the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr Pius Bigirimana.

Mr Bigirimana is in the eye of the storm over the loss of billions of donor money that was intended for post-war recovery programme in northern Uganda and Karamoja region.

Those arrested are Hakim Waiswa, David Sserunjogi, Hakim Kizza, Gerald Slader, Rogers Sseruyimba and Shaban Ssenkubuge.

Mr Ibin Ssenkumbi, the spokesman of Kampala Metropolitan Police said the youth were arrested because they were demonstrating without permission from the force.

This is the second time police is arresting UYD members over the same issue. Last week, they were briefly detained at the Central Police Station before being released on police bond.

snakirigya@ug.nationmedia.com