By Fred Kiva
Police have arrested eight unemployed youth protesters for reportedly staging an unlawful assembly.
The youth who shouted on top of their voices said they were protesting high rates of unemployment. The angry youth had blocked roads using tree branches and other materials. Their protest around streets in Kawempe and Wandegeya paralyzed traffic flow and disrupted business for some hours, prompting police to arrest them.
However, police engaged in fist-fights with the protesters as they attempted to resist arrest and hurled insults at the policemen who were just a few in number.
Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the arrest of the youth, adding that they are being detained at Wandegeya Police Station. Owoyesigyire says the suspects face charges of inciting violence and holding an unlawful procession.
The Public Order Management Act, passed by Parliament in 2013 empowers police to regulate public meetings, specifies the duties and responsibilities of the Police and the organizers and participants during public meetings as well as prescribe measures for safeguarding public order.