Police Bans Youth Group Top story

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In short
Youth for National Salvation is a pressure group which claims to be fighting for rule of law, democracy and wants President Yoweri Museveni to retire. It also claims to be fighting against corruption and widespread killings around the country.

Police has banned the Youths for National Salvation pressure group in all areas of greater Masaka.

Youth for National Salvation is a pressure group which claims to be fighting for rule of law, democracy and wants President Yoweri Museveni to retire. It also claims to be fighting against corruption and widespread killings around the country.

 The group started operating in greater Masaka region in March this year; it has a membership of over 600 youth drawn from the ruling National Resistance Movement party and the Opposition.


John Mwaule, the Masaka District Police commander, quoting section of the Public Order management Act, says they group must seek police permission before holding any meeting.


Security says the group has characteristics of an emerging rebel group.
 
Joseph Ssekasamba, the Masaka Deputy Residence District Commissioner says the group leaders have been holding secret meetings and de-campaigning Presidnt Yoweri Museveni's government.

Augustine Bukululu, the pressure group chairperson says they have been denied space in hotels around Masaka town on orders of police.

Bukululu however says the police action is making them even stronger.
 
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Abdullah Ssenabulya, the Masaka District Boda Boda NRM wing chairperson says at least 300 boda boda cyclists that supported President Yoweri Museveni in the previous elections are members.
 
Ssenabulya has therefore warned police against persecuting them saying they will fight back if provoked.

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The manager of Ten Table, who only identified herself as Tina, told Uganda Radio Network that police ordered her to ask the youth to first write a letter to police seeking permission to meet. She explained that if the youth do not write officially to get permission, they will not be allowed to meet there.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.