NRM youth protest against UK Parliament discussion on Uganda’s democracy, three arrested


A section of youth claiming to be National Resistance Movement supporters have taken to Kamwokya streets to protest the decision by the United Kingdom Parliament to discuss the democracy of Uganda.

The youths who donned yellow NRM shirts held placards and other written material reading, “Back off Dr William. You are not a Ugandan”. The youth threw stones and matched to the British High Commission Offices in Kamwokya, Kampala saying they do not want the discussion to continue.

Police swung into action and cooled the commotion that was already disrupting the traffic and arrested three of the members.

Mr Luke Owoyesigire, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the three are being held at Kira Road Police station on charges of inciting violence.

“We are yet to take statements from them to know what they were exactly doing but we shall hold them until they tell us what the matter is,” Mr Owoyesigire said.

The UK minister of State for Africa, Mr Harriett Baldwin, on Tuesday evening said adherence to democracy, democratic processes such as rule of law and strong institutions are at the core of their development agenda in Uganda, and they continue to engage government on the matter.

The minister for International Cooperation, Mr Okello Oryem, in response to the allegations said he has no apologies to the UK government.

He said after 30 years of stability and prosperity, the agenda to destabilise is back on course.

“It is funny at this particular moment when chaos and turmoil engulf the Democratic Republic of Congo, commotion in South Sudan, a coup attempt in Gabon and Bashir struggling in Sudan, then Williams chooses Uganda,” Mr Oryem said.

Source Daily Monitor

Uganda: Police clash with Kawempe youth over Museveni cash.

Police on Wednesday afternoon fired bullets in a scuffle with youth from Kawempe after a failed meeting to discuss ways of benefiting from the money recently pledged by State House.

Police reports that the youth had not been cleared to organize a meeting which forced them to block it.
“I am requesting that you go through the right procedure of writing to the Regional Police Commander and area officer in charge. No one will stop you from getting the money,” a police officer told the youths.

The youths were, however, not satisfied with this answer and went on chanting ‘It is our money, give it to us’.

“The president gave out Shs2.5 billion to all the youth in Kampala and every division had to get a share of shs500 million. We have gathered her to discuss how we can get this money and put it to good use. However, Police have blocked us,” one of the youth lamented.

Soon after, tear gas was fired and bullets fired to disperse the protesting youths. A number of youths were violently arrested and put onto a waiting police patrol truck.

The police patrol truck, however, crashed and overturned as it whisked the suspects to Wandegeya police station. The apprehended suspects used the opportunity and escaped from the police men. There were no casualties.

Source – Monitor