NRM youth leader Rutaro arrested over age limit bill

Rutaro tries to explain to arresting officers

The ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] youth league leader, Robert Rutaro, has been arrested and detained at Wandegeya police station.

Rutaro, the head of the NRM Youth Desk, was arrested on Wednesday morning while trying to hold a press conference where they were going to denounce the presidential age limit bill.

Police picked him with colleagues from Makerere University Guest House and rushed them to Wandegeya.

In 2016, Rutaro was the champion of President Yoweri Museveni as NRM youths attacked former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi’s home in Kololo.

Rutaro was found trying to address a press conference at Makerere

Rutaro was also behind the petition before the Constitutional court that blocked the trial of police chief Gen Kale Kayihura at Makindye Court.


Adam Luzindana who headed pro-Mbabazi youth then says Museveni has now dumped Rutaro and his colleagues since they are no longer relevant to him.

“When we declared to fight Museveni in 2014, it was Rutaro and group who were used by Museveni against us. Today they were dumped by Museveni and all jobless,” Luzindana said.

According to Luzindana, many people chose to all with Museveni against the pro-Mbabazi group but today they are realising that Museveni is determined to rule for life and to ensure that majority youth are not productive at all.

Rutaro’s ‘UB40’ group incorporates people below 40 years who are opposed to the constitutional amendment.

They are reportedly bitter with Museveni for cutting off the funds he used to give them.

Rutaro in a police van

Last week, police in Mbarara arrested three youth for allegedly conducting a mock funeral for President Yoweri Museveni.

The suspects are; Abert Nangumya, a student at Bishop Stuart University, Mr Rodgers Asiimwe, and Mr Maxi Muhumuza, a spokesperson of Ankole Kingdom who were found in possession of a coffin with an inscription “Rest in Peace Museveni,” and a portrait of the president.

In the same coffin, were names of Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire and several members of Parliament as the youth protested a ploy by government to amend Article 102 of the 1995 Constitution which puts a ceiling on the age of the person holding office of the president at 75.

They face charges of sedition that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison if found guilty. The case is registered under file number SD 06/06/07/2017.

Police later failed to produce the suspects at Mbarara High Court where they were to be tried.



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