Two youth, arrested on Thursday for dropping ten piglets outside Uganda’s Parliament, have been remanded to Luzira Prison.
Ferdinard Luka and Joseph Lukwago appeared before Buganda Road Grade one magistrate Marion Mangeni on Friday and denied nuisance and ill-treatment of animals charges.
They return to court on September 23 for a ruling on their bail application that was presented by their lawyer Isaac Kimaze Ssemakadde.
Prosecution led by Elizabeth Nandala alleges that the Luka and Lukwago on Thursday, together with others still at large, unlawfully accessed parliament premises and let loose ten piglets, thereby
interrupting parliamentary business. Some of the piglets had names of MPs written on them.
The names on the piglets included that of Speaker of parliament Alitwala Rebecca Kadaga and deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanya, Leader of opposition Winnie Kiiza, Kampala Central MP Mohammad Nsereko, Lubaga South MP Kato Lubwama, Mukono South MP Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga and Workers MP representing Western Uganda Arinaitwe Rwakajara.
Luka and Lukwago are said to be part of group calling themselves The Jobless Brotherhood. They are a
pressure group of youths from opposition parties that allegedly fights and exposes the corrupt tendencies in the ruling NRM government.
The same pressure group is said to have been behind a similar incident that occurred in July 2014 when two piglets soaked in a yellow paint found their way to parliament.