Police in Mbarara have arrested 3 youths who were protesting against the contentious Constitutional Amendment Bill (2017).
The Bill, which among others proposals amendment of Article 102 of the constitution to remove limitations on the maximum age of the president, has been published in the Government Gazette and awaits tabling before parliament.
The 3 youths were picked yesterday from Kijungu cell in Mbarara Municipality at around 4; 00pm while marching with a coffin on the streets in protest against the bill.
The arrested are Rogers Asiimwe a presenter at Link FM Mbarara, Herbert Nangumya, a 2nd year student at Bishop Stuart University and Max Muhumuza a self-professed spokesperson Ankole Kingdom.
Rwizi regional police mouthpiece Samson Kasasira says the trio was carrying a coffin which they marked with placards, mocking President Yoweri Museveni, the Constitutional Affairs’ Minister Kahinda Otafiire and NRM parliamentarians, as corpses.
He said the group had earlier sought permission for the protest from the RPC, who declined but they proceeded with it anyway.
Kasasira said the suspects were likely to be charged with sedition, which attracts a maximum 5 year sentence, and that their file had been sent to the DPP.
Mbarara District’s Opposition FDC chairman Stanley Katembeya condemned the arrest of the youths, who he said were fighting for their country.
“This constitution was thought about for a long time by all Ugandans; it should not be played around with. People should be allowed to defend,” he said.