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Youth remanded over entering Parliament with piglets

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Mr Robert Mayanja (L) and Mr Norman Tumuhimbise

Mr Robert Mayanja (L) and Mr Norman Tumuhimbise during their arrest at Parliament. Photo by G, Sseruyange  

By  BETTY NDAGIRE

Posted  Sunday, June 22  2014 at  01:00

In Summary

The suspects were charged with interrupting Parliament activities, criminal trespass and conspiracy to sneak piglets into Parliament.

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Kampala- City Hall Magistrate’s Court on Friday remanded two youth to Luzira prison over sneaking two piglets in Parliament.

The suspects, Mr Robert Mayanja and Mr Norman Tumuhimbise, appeared before Grade One Magistrate, Erias Kakooza and denied the charges.

Subsequently, Mr Kakooza ordered for their remand to Luzira until July 4 when they will be brought to court for bail application.
They are charged with three counts, which include; interrupting Parliament activities, criminal trespass and conspiracy to sneak piglets into Parliament.

Prosecution alleges that on June 17 at Parliament, the accused persons, with intent to demonstrate and interrupt Parliament proceedings, entered the House premises with pigs.

On Tuesday, legislators were treated to a drama when youthful demonstrators beat Parliament security to stage an anti-corruption demonstration and in the process pulled out two piglets that were painted in yellow and dropped them in the parking area of the House.

The 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.

The youthful demonstrators were dressed in T-Shirts detailing a list of complaints. Some of the slogans on the T-shirts described the youth as members of the “Jobless brotherhood”.

Last year, a similar incident happened in Kenya when anti-corruption activists staged a demonstration at parliament with pigs painted with messages attacking MPs.

bndagire@ug.nationmedia.com