Monday June 30 2014

Parliament pigs on sale today

Pigs at Parliament

File Photo 

By Dominic Bukenya

Police is today expected to sell the two "yellow" pigs seized from two youth who attempted to demonstrate over rampant corruptionand youth unemployment at parliament mid this month.

According to the deputy Police Spokesperson, Ms Poly Namaye, the two yellow pigs will today be sold to the public by auction.

Ms Namaye told the Daily Monitor on Monday morning that the two pigs were last week transferred from the Parliament’s Bauman house after some of the Muslim MPs complained and are now being kept at the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Kireka, Kampala.

“According to the information we (Police) got, we are supposed to sell the two pigs today by auction”, said Ms Namaye.
However, Namaye said police had not yet established the price for each pig and venue for the said auction.

Sources told Daily Monitor that the initially yellow painted pigs are now fast losing their colour (yellow) and have become a burden to police in terms of feeding.

Daily Monitor has also learnt that the six police officers arrested at parliament in connection with the incident have also been transferred to SIU for further investigations.

Meanwhile, the two youths-Mr Robert Mayanja and Mr Norman Tumuhimbise who were arrested on June 17 with the said pigs are still languishing in jail, after being charged in court for allegedly interrupting Parliament activities, criminal trespass and conspiracy to sneak piglets into Parliament.

They are still on remand in Luzira prison, pending their bail application which was fixed for hearing on July 4.

The youth were demonstrating their resentment over what they called “rampant corruption” exhibited in Parliament and the worrying youth unemployment even as the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi assured Ugandans that their security was guaranteed in the wake of terrorism attacks in neighbouring Kenya. Parliament has since stepped up its security measures , although the question is whether this will last.