Youth drop yellow, blue piglets at Parliament, protest Shs200m cars for MPs

Thursday September 15 2016

The youth scuffle with parliament police

The youth scuffle with parliament police officers as the piglets roam around the premises. The youth and the pigs were later arrested. Photo by Abubaker Lubowa. 

By BLANSHE MUSINGUZI

Two members belonging to the Jobless Brotherhood pressure group have this morning dropped piglets at Parliament to protest the government’s decision to award Members of Parliament with Shs200m each for new cars.

Contrary to the previous occasions, the pigs

Contrary to the previous occasions, the pigs this time were painted in two colors- yellow and blue allegedly to signify the two main parties in parliament (NRM and FDC). Photo by Abubaker Lubowa.

Mr Joseph Mubiru and his colleague Ferdinand Luta arrived at Parliament at 9:50am with about 10 piglets in four sacks. Contrary to the previous occasions, the pigs this time were painted in two colors- yellow and blue allegedly to signify the two main parties – National Resistance Movement (NRM) and Forum for Democratic Change – in Parliament.

Upon arrival, the pair opened the sacks, letting loose the piglets to roam around the premises. However security officers moved to thwart the protest, arresting the youth and their piglets.

A police officer kicks the piglets off

A police officer kicks the piglets off parliament premises. Photo by Abubaker Lubowa.

This is the second time that the Jobless Brotherhood members are protesting with pigs at Parliament. In July 2014, two youth beat Parliament security to stage an anti-corruption demonstration at the august house. The demonstrators at that time also carried two piglets, painted yellow- the (NRM) color. 

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