dimanche 13 juillet 2014

Uganda: A very original political protest “symbol”.

 
In July 2014, an Ugandan court ordered the release on bail of two activists who had dropped in parliament two piglets painted in the colors of the ruling party to protest against corruption and unemployment, said their lawyer.
        
Robert Mayanja and Norman Tumuhimbise, both members of the "Group of fraternity unemployed" had managed last month to introduce in the Ugandan parliament despite security measures.
They had left it running two piglets wearing the colors of the party of President Yoweri Museveni in power since 1986, making it one of the oldest African leaders, and slogans accusing members of corruption.
        
They were released against a deposit of 780 dollars (570 euros) and must appear in court on August 4, according to their lawyer, Isaac Ssemakadde.
        
The police however kept pigs, considered initially as a "piece linked to a terrorist enterprise".
With or without pigs, Ugandan parliamentarians were already under fire from critics.
        
They caused an uproar at the beginning of the year by requiring an increase in their wages, already 60 times higher than that of most officials. The Court of Auditors Uganda had also noted that millions of dollars had been spent by MPs without being able to clearly justify.

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