Friday September 5 2014

Hearing of Parliament piglets' stalls over absence of trial magistrate

The trial of two youth charged for sneaking two

The trial of two youth charged for sneaking two piglets in Parliament was adjourned by City Hall Court to October 8 FILE PHOTO 

By Betty Ndagire

The ongoing trial of two youths who were accused of smuggling two yellow painted piglets to parliament has been adjourned to October 8, due to the absence of the trial magistrate.

City Hall Court clerk on Friday adjourned the case saying the trial magistrate Mr Erias Kakooza was attending a magistrates and Judges' conference in Mukono.

Mr Robert Mayanja and Mr Norman Tumuhimbise, are accused of sneaking two piglets into Parliament. The duo has since been charged with three counts which included; interrupting Parliament activities, criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit the offences which charges they denied.

The duo is also facing other charges in relation to conducting unlawful protests in the same court. They were charged along seven other youths under their umbrella body “The Jobless Brotherhood.”

Other youths who were charged include Mr Ferdinand Luutu, Mr Amos Ojok, Mr Oloya Akena, Mr Ambrose Juma, Ms Nasimbwa Nalongo, Mr Augustine Ojobilo, and Mr Joram Mwesigye.

They are facing one count of participating in unlawful assembly on Kampala streets.
Prosecution alleges that on August 4, on Speke Road in Kampala, the suspects with an intention of causing disturbance in Kampala participated in unlawful assembly by moving around with a coffin.
Police records show the suspects were arrested earlier this month after they were found carrying banners with the words, ‘We are mourning for our country over corruption, unemployment, youth desertion. Do not lead us into temptations’.