The trial of nine youths charged with holding unlawful protests against the escalating youth unemployment and corruption in the country will begin at City Hall Magistrate’s Court on October 7.
Grade One Magistrate, Mr Moses Nabende on Wednesday set the hearing date after State Attorney, Ms Joyce Anyango submitted that investigations had been completed.
The suspects are: Mr Ferdinand Luutu, Mr Amos Ojok, Mr Oloya Akena, Mr Ambrose Juma, Ms Nasimbwa Nalongo, Mr Augustine Ojobilo, Mr Joram Mwesigye, Mr Robert Mayanja, and Mr Norman Tumuhimbise. They were arrested on August 4 and charged the following day. They denied the charges and were remanded until August 21 when court released them on a cash bail of Shs 400,000 each.
Prosecution alleges that on August 4 on Speke Road in Kampala, with intention to cause chaos the suspects participated in an unlawful assembly by moving around the city with a coffin. The prosecution says they were found carrying banners reading “We are mourning for our country over corruption, unemployment, youth desertion. Do not lead us into temptations.”
This is the second time in less than three months that youths are arrested protesting over what they call “rampant corruption” and raging unemployment in the country.
In June, two youths Mr Robert Mayanja and Mr Norman Tumuhimbise were arrested on accusations of smuggling two piglets into the national assembly building and were later charged with interrupting Parliament activities, criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit a crime.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor