Youth arrested in protest against EC


Police officers drag youth to CPS after they were arrested at the Constitutional Square recently

Police Monday afternoon arrested three youth activists who had staged a peaceful demonstration at the Constitutional Square in Kampala.

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, identified the protesters as; Wabulembo Robinson, Mugenyi Abey and Nagalama Dickson.

He said the trio that identifies itself as “youth activists for change” were detained and Central Police Station in Kampala and will be charged with holding illegal assembly.

The youth were intercepted by police as they walked to Constitutional Square carrying placards denouncing the Electoral Commission as being biased.

They accuse the EC of “serving the interests of the NRM Government”.

Enanga blamed the youth action on “self-seeking politicians” who are using them.

He said in any case, the youth tried to hold a meeting without getting permission from the Inspector General of Police in accordance with the Public Order Management Act.

The youth, on the other hand, say they wrote to Kale Kayihura but never received any reply yet it was urgent that they demonstrate.

“I call upon all Ugandans to come out and fight for change. This is our country, you may beat us, arrest us but we shall continue to fight for change,” one of the youth told arresting officers as they dragged him off the scene to CPS.

Micheal Musana Sabira, the DPC Central Police Station, said they would first charge the activists with being disorderly in the city.”

“We are also going to charge them for inciting violence and organising illegal processions in town,” Sabira added.

Their arrest came hours after presidential aspirants, Amama Mbabazi and Prof Venansious Baryamureeba, had picked their nomination forms from EC headquarters along Jinja road to run in 2016 general elections.

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