Youths Bring Pigs to Parliament to Protest Harsh Budget, Unemployment

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Robert Mayanja and Norman Tumuhimbise brought two yellow painted piglets to parliament bearing the tags ‘Yes MPIGS Corruption constituency’ and ‘Jubilee Alliance’. The two were also putting on black-collared white T-shirts that were inscripted with ‘Jobless Manhood," "We won't shut up about your desertion," "Exploitation," and "Harsh Budget."

Parliament was a piggery to two yellow piglets Tuesday afternoon as two youth activists protested the misuse of public funds.

Robert Mayanja and Norman Tumuhimbise brought two yellow painted piglets to parliament bearing the tags ‘Yes, M-PIGS, Corruption constituency’ and ‘Jubilee Alliance’. The two were also putting on black-collared white T-shirts that were inscripted with ‘Jobless Manhood," "We won't shut up about your desertion," "Exploitation," and "Harsh Budget."

The piglets emerged from the newly constructed Parliamentary parking and walked straight to the main entrance of Parliament.

They took the steps and immediately blocked by officers at the main entrance to the Parliamentary chambers.

The question that now remains to be answered is how the piglets and the two youths beat security at the gate of parliament and accessed parking.

Police manning Parliament has declined to speak to the Media on what charges they are to charge the arrested youth who are currently under arrest at Parliament.

Meanwhile the piglets that were kept in a box at the Parliament Parking were later picked up on orders of police and driven to an unknown destination.

The act of activism was however cut back after Police at Parliament commanded by Officer Benjamin Alishaba arrested them.

Growing discontent over the misappropriation of public funds has been evident in Uganda with the Black Monday Movement leading the campaigns for the accountability of public funds.

The first time pigs were visible at any parliament was in a Kenyan protest last year in May when activists protested against salary increment proposal by members of the Kenyan parliament.  

Tuesday was the first day the parliament returned from a three-month recess period.

On Thursday last week, Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka read out a 14 trillion budget that seeks to target taxes on private schools, mobile money withdrawals and fuel. The tax proposals have been widely criticised by analysts who claim they are too harsh on the ‘common man’. 

The two are still in police custody for yet to be known charges.