Arua-Several youths this morning demonstrated against lifting of the Presidential Age Limit that has become contentious in the country.
The youths, holding their placards denouncing area MP, Ibrahim Abiriga and Evelyne Anite for being on forefront for lifting of the age limit. The youths said the move is for personal benefits and not the views of the people of the constituency.
During the protest, one of the youths, Muzamil Hashim was arrested by the police near Oil well petrol station in Arua town. Another group of youths then regrouped around MTN Container and moved for some few meters.
The youths abandoned their placards and drums upon seeing policemen advancing towards them. They took off in disarray to avoid arrests.
The Youth Leader, Mr David Edema, said that: “This demonstration remains a landmark in our history. We shall continue with this as long as the leaders do not abandon this lifting of the Age Limit. We have been peaceful that is why we did not seek permission from the police on this.”
Muzamil being pushed under the seat of police car in Arua town. Photos by Felix
Edema added that the views being expressed by few MPs of the region does not reflect the general perception of the voters saying that many people are discontented with the regime of President Yoweri Museveni.
The police have not charged Muzamil who is still being held at Arua Central Police station.
The Police Public Relations Officer in West Nile, Ms Josephine Angucia, said the police would ensure that there is peace in the town. She said the youths in the town did not seek for permission to carry out the demonstration.
But the youth leaders said there no point of seeking permission because they were already informed that permission would not be granted for any demonstration. On Wednesday, the MP for Obongi County, Mr Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, had asked the people of West Nile to go on massive street demonstration against the Age Limit on grounds that they were still marginalized.