Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Two arrested in Kampala for protesting with pigs against KCCA Carnival

Police officers from Central Police Station putting the yellow painted pigs on a Police truck after they were found dumped at Watoto Church in Kampala on Wednesday morning. Two youth were arrested to help in the police investigations.

Two youth have been arrested and detained by Police in Kampala over allegations that they dropped four yellow painted pigs at Watoto Church, protesting against the KCCA Kampala City carnival due October 5.
Two vehicles which the suspects allegedly used to carry the pigs were also intercepted by police led by the South Regional Police Commander James Ruhweza and the divisional police commander, Mr Henry Kintu.
"We arrested two people but we released one, a lady after interrogating her and found that she was innocent. We also intercepted two vehicles which are still in our custody. The suspect and others still at large will be charged in court for inciting violence. The four pigs are also still in our custody at CPS,” Mr Kintu told Daily Monitor.
One of the pigs had a tag with wordings, “Pig Festival. We cannot celebrate Kampala Festival due to youth unemployment and demolition of structures by KCCA” while the other was donning a round yellow cap.
This is the second time youth are protesting against unemployment in the country using yellow painted pigs.
In June, two youths Mr Robert Mayanja and Mr Norman Tumuhimbise were arrested on accusations of smuggling two piglets into the premises of parliament and were later charged with interrupting Parliament activities, criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit a crime.
The two were protesting against corruption and the worsening youth unemployment problem.
Organized under a theme ‘For the love of Kampala,’ the third Kampala City Festival 2014 provides a platform to celebrate a lot about Kampala and many fasts which define and distinguish Kampala from other cities, according to KCCA Executive Director, Ms Jennifer Musisi.
According to KCCA,Shs1 billion will be spent on preparation and hosting of the Sunday event which is aimed at preserving history and tradition and strives to stimulate the local economy, entertain and involve the community and visitors in a fun–filled atmosphere.
For the first time, KCCA will also allow retailers of food, and general merchandise to set up stalls on streets during the festival to supplement supplies by companies such as Uganda Breweries Limited and Crown Beverages Limited