Security picks Makerere student like a grasshopper at parliament


A student of Makerere University decided to embark on a one-man age limit protest which he took to parliament on Tuesday.

Security forces from several agencies including the president’s protection unit, counterterrorism, military police and regular police had deployed at the house to bar opposition members from launching their “Red Week” protests.

Donning the signature Makerere red gown with a red ribbon tied around his head, the unidentified student, raided parliament to protest the age limit bill.

Unfortunately for him, security was ready for any eventualities. The student was thus roughed up by plain-clothes security officers who lifted him up in the area and dragged him off.

Makerere student carried off

The incident was not entirely isolated. Police, in the same vigour, arrested Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party President and eleven others while attempting to march to parliament.

Police intercepted Mao and his group at Cairo Bank along Kampala Road, a few meters from the Democratic Party offices at City house.

The others are Ronald Muyini Ssebana, Dr. Mayambala Kiwanuka, Robert Mukooza, David Musiiri, Jamie Isiko, Musa Ntege, Richard Nvanungi, Alex Ochaki, Edwardo Kahiigi, Caleb Tumuharwe and Bashir Bisaso.

Luke Owoyesigire, the Deputy Spokesperson, Kampala Metropolitan Police Area, confirmed the arrest of 11 members of Democratic Party who he accuses of holding unlawful procession.

The student was picked like a grasshopper

He said they were made to record statements as their actions are being investigated. They are held at Central Police Station [CPS] in Kampala.

“Anybody who intends to hold any procession or gathering should notify police,” Luke said.

Detectives handling the case have already contacted the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) with intent of arraigned the suspects at Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court.

Mao launched the Red Ribbon week Tuesday morning promising to mobilise the public against the age limit bill.