Nine Jobless Youths Granted Bail

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After spending two weeks on remand at Luzira Prison, a group of nine youths calling themselves ‘jobless brotherhood’ have been released on bail by City Hall Court. The youths were arrested on August 4 while demonstrating and carrying a coffin with them in Kampala. The police said they were staging a demonstration at the Independence Monument near Speke Road in Kampala.

After spending two weeks on remand at Luzira Prison, a group of nine youths calling themselves ‘jobless brotherhood' have been released on bail by City Hall Court.

The youths were arrested on August 4 while demonstrating and carrying a coffin with them in Kampala. The police said they were staging a demonstration at the Independence Monument near Speke Road in Kampala.

The youths' actions of carrying a coffin while they demonstrated was a sign to show the whole world that the Uganda government is indeed dead and ready to be buried.

They were produced at City Hall Court and later sent on remand. Prosecution alleges that the suspects with an intention of causing disturbance in Kampala participated in unlawful assembly by moving around with a coffin. They deny the charges.

After their short stint in Luzira, the youths were on Thursday released on a cash bail of 400,000 shillings each by Grade One Magistrate Moses Nabende.

The suspects through their lawyer, Isaac Ssemakadde, had pleaded with court to release the jobless youth on a non-cash bail on grounds that they have no jobs but in vain. Their 18 sureties were each bonded at a non-cash bail of 3 million shillings.

The suspects include; Ferdinand Luutu, Amos Ajok, Oloya Akena, Ambrose Juma, Nasimbwa Nalongo, Augustine Ojobilo, Joram Mwesigye, Robert Mayanja, and Norman Tumuhimbise.

Norman Tumuhimbise was part of the two youths who early this year sneaked two piglets painted yellow into Parliament over the alleged corruption by the legislators. Yellow is also the colour of the ruling NRM party.