Protestors on Tuesday dropped piglets on the streets of Jinja town. The NRM youth under their pressure group, Team No Sleep were protesting against party leaders whom they accuse of hypocrisy.
The five piglets which were all painted yellow and draped in nappies were dropped on Obote Avenue. The youth allege that they have made several proposals to meet the President Museveni over the pledges he made in 2016, but have been frustrated by the NRM leaders.
Ivan Maganda, the group’s chairperson faults Jinja West MP, Moses Balyeku of causing divisions between youth in the district. Maganda alleges that ever since Balyeku lost the district NRM chairperson race in 2015, he has sidelined all the youth who never supported him.
Erick Mudhasi, the group’s secretary says that Balyeku has been at the forefront of mobilizing youth within NRM, but only roots for those in the neighbouring districts and ignores the youth from Jinja. On her part, Juliet Nanyojjo a group member says that the Jinja district NRM chairperson, Nathan Igeme is never in office which has caused divisions within the party.
“Our elected NRM district chairman, Hon. Igeme who is mandated with ensuring unity within the party is never available to unite warring factions which has given birth to more divisions amongst ourselves,” she said.
Meanwhile, Balyeku dismissed all the allegations against him.
“I can’t address you extensively because I am out of the country, but all those accusations are false,” he said.
However, Majid Dhikusooka, the NRM district deputy chairperson, advised youth to follow right channels while addressing their issues other than through protests.
“Our office has many departments including youth desk, therefore, youth should engage us first before resorting to strikes,” he says.
The piglets were later seen being taken by street kids in Jinja town.