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Pigs in Parliament Land Uganda Protesters in Court

Friday, 20 Jun 2014 03:31 PM

Two Ugandan men found a creative way to protest pork-barrel spending and corruption when they sneaked piglets into the parliament of the East African nation, but they may end up going to prison for insulting the lawmakers.

A judge ordeer Robert Mayanja and Norman Tumuhimbise, members of a protest movement called the "jobless brotherhood group," held without bond until a hearing on July 4. The pigs are being held as evidence.

"At the court the magistrate read to them three charges of criminal trespass, conspiracy to sneak piglets into parliament and a third charge of interrupting parliament work," Richard Sebuliba, a relative of one of the men, told the Agence France-Presse.

Officials said the protestors had painted the piglets in the colors of the ruling party of President Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa's longest serving leaders, and had written slogans on the animals insulting lawmakers as corrupt.

"They have been sent on remand," a police spokeswoman Polly Namaye confirmed.

The piglets were taken into police custody, police spokesman, Fred Enanga told the AFP on Thursday.

But another member of the "jobless brotherhood", Jackson Tusingwire said the piglets had since been transferred from a police veterinary unit to a holding facility, as part of evidence to be used in court.

Eyewitnesses said the animals had been daubed with the word "MPigs".

The unemployed men were protesting at what they said was corruption and extravagant spending by lawmakers.

Uganda has been the subject of frequent criticism from foreign donors over allegations of rampant corruption, although protests in the country by Ugandans are rare.

Earlier this year members of parliament caused a storm after they demanded a massive raise in their salaries, already 60 times higher than most state employees, and the country's chief auditor complained that the lawmakers failed to account for millions of dollars of expenses.

Sebuliba, a relative of Mayanja, who was at the court in Kampala, said the family was "trying to ensure they are produced in court as soon as possible to secure their release."

 

 

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Two Ugandan men found a creative way to protest pork-barrel spending when they sneaked piglets into the parliament of the East African nation, but they may end up going to prison for insulting the lawmakers.
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