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Youth enter Parliament with pigs to denounce corruption  

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The two pigs that were taken to Parliament by the demonstrators.

The two pigs that were taken to Parliament by the demonstrators. Photo by Geoffrey Sseruyange  

By CHARLES MWANGUHYA MPAGI

Posted  Wednesday, June 18  2014 at  14:47

In Summary

Parliament security including regular police, Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Directorate officers and members of the Special Forces Command attached to Parliament arrested the two young men and detained them.

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Parliament- Two youth on Tuesday beat Parliament security to stage an anti-corruption demonstration at Parliament. The demonstrators pulled two piglets that were painted in yellow and dropped them in the parking area of the House.

Mr Norman Tumuhimbise and Mr Robert Mayanja, were dressed in T-Shirts detailing a litany of complaints. Some of the slogans on the T-shirts described the youth as members of the “Jobless brotherhood.”  

Parliament security including regular police, Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Directorate officers and members of the Special Forces Command attached to Parliament arrested the two young men and detained them.

Security was seeking answers not just about their motives but also how they managed to beat security with their pigs.

“Security is still interrogating them to establish what their motives were,” said Ms Helen Kawesa Parliaments Senior Public Relations Officer, “until police has spoken to them and established details about their motives and how they entered Parliament that is when I will have more details to share with the media.”

Pressed on how they beat Parliament security, Ms Kawesa said: “All I know is that they are still with security which is interrogating them.”

This reporter who was standing in the main parking area on the northern wing of Parliament saw the youth emerge from the gate of the President’s office dragging their pigs to Parliament.

They proceeded to the steps leading into the main entrance of Parliament as security, clearly caught off guard run to shut the main metallic doors that lead MPs and visitors into the main lobby towards the entrance to the chamber.

The demonstrators who were blocked at the last security check area retreated to the parking yard.

One of the hogs which was attached with a laminated tag that read:  “Yes M. Pigs, Corruption Constituency,” was injured as police officers struggled to arrest the youth.

State Minister for Industry Mutende Shinyabulo and other MPs pulled out their phones to record the rare spectacle.

Last year, anti-corruption activists in Kenya staged a demonstration at Parliament with pigs painted with messages attacking MPs.