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A section of youth claiming to be National Resistance Movement supporters
have taken to Kamwokya streets to protest the decision by the United Kingdom
Parliament to discuss the democracy of Uganda.
The youths who donned yellow NRM shirts held placards and other written
material reading, “Back off Dr William. You are not a Ugandan”. The youth threw
stones and matched to the British High Commission Offices in Kamwokya, Kampala
saying they do not want the discussion to continue.
Police swung into action and cooled the commotion that was already
disrupting the traffic and arrested three of the members.
Mr Luke Owoyesigire, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the three
are being held at Kira Road Police station on charges of inciting violence.
“We are yet to take statements from them to know what they were exactly
doing but we shall hold them until they tell us what the matter is,” Mr
The UK minister of State for Africa, Mr Harriett Baldwin, on Tuesday evening
said adherence to democracy, democratic processes such as rule of law and
strong institutions are at the core of their development agenda in Uganda, and
they continue to engage government on the matter.
The minister for International Cooperation, Mr Okello Oryem, in response to
the allegations said he has no apologies to the UK government.
He said after 30 years of stability and prosperity, the agenda to
destabilise is back on course.
“It is funny at this particular moment when chaos and turmoil engulf the
Democratic Republic of Congo, commotion in South Sudan, a coup attempt in Gabon
and Bashir struggling in Sudan, then Williams chooses Uganda,” Mr Oryem said.