City Hall Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday remanded nine youth to Luzira prison for allegedly participating in protests against rampant unemployment in the country.
The suspects who include Mr Ferdinand Luutu, Mr Amos Ajock, Mr Oloya Akena and Mr Ambrose Juma, appeared before Magistrate Elias Kakooza and denied the charges.
Other suspects included Ms Nasimbwa Nalongo, Mr Augustine Ojobilo, Mr Joram Mwesigye, Mr Robert Mayanja, and Mr Norman Tumuhimbise. They are accused of participating in unlawful assembly on the Kampala streets.
The youth, under their group code named ‘Jobless Brotherhood’ were arrested on Monday morning on Speke Road in Kampala, carrying a coffin as a sign of mourning over being educated but unemployed.
Grade One Magistrate, Kakooza ordered them to be returned to court on August 7 for their bail application.
Prosecution alleges that on August 4, along Speke Road in Kampala the suspect with an intention of causing disturbance in Kampala participated in unlawful assembly by moving around with a coffin.
Police arrested the youth after they were found carrying banners with the wordings, ‘We are mourning for our country over corruption, unemployment, youth desertion. Do not lead us into temptations’.
This is not the first time youth are arrested protesting over rampant unemployment in the country. In June this year, a similar incident happened at Parliament when two of the remanded youth; Mr Robert Mayanja and Mr Norman Tumuhimbise beat security and sneaked two yellow painted piglets in Parliament.