PIC: Arua Youth protesting the age limit removal Bill. (Credit: Robert Ariaka)
AGE LIMIT | ARUA
The police in Arua today foiled a demonstration organised by youth against lifting the age limit.
Yassin Andruga, one of the leaders of the youth, said the Police trailed them and stopped them from demonstrating, even after they had sought permission from them.
Police arrested one person, Hashim Muzamil, who was distributing placards to the youth. He is currently detained at Arua central police station.
Andruga said they are against the amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution.
"Our MPs did not take our message - that we are opposed to the amendment," he said.
"We are going to task those MPs who misrepresented us with explaining why they took a contrary view of the people," he added.
PIC: Yassin Adruga speaking to journalists
He said they are disappointed with their MP Ibrahim Abiriga, who has taken the lead in supporting the age limit amendment bill.
Andruga accused the police of harassing people who are expressing their opinion and rights over the age limit removal Bill.
Micheal Angunda, another youth, said Ugandans need to be left to exercise their rights.
"We have been marginalised and made poor and vulnerable to benefit a few so-called leaders," he said.
He said what happened during Obotes time is now happening in Uganda, with heavy army deployment at Parliament, which is a sign of military rule.
Josephine Angucia, the Police spokesperson for West Nile region, said Muzamil will help police with further information on their intentions.
She said the situation is now calm as Police maintains security in town.