The 28 youths comprising both of male and female, reportedly travelled from Kampala City on Friday evening to meet Saleh to demand payment for online content that they had purportedly published in favour and support for President Museveni and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party ahead of the 2021 general elections.
The journalists camped at Lumumba Square in the 4th Division army barracks in Gulu City as they waited to secure audience with Saleh who was holding a live relayed debate on the Capital FM's Capital Gang show.
Through their spokesman, Ronald Twehoyo who did not disclose how much they need, the youths demanded to be compensated for the expenses they have incurred to spread the good gospel and progress of the NRM party in Uganda.
The youths had verbal exchanges with Saleh and demanded for their fares, accommodation, feeding and payment for content produced several months ago. In his response, Saleh said that the youths have been fully constituted from the music entertainment industry into active politics and so required to dedicate themselves fully to the NRM party.
Saleh told the youths to sort out their issues with his IT manager only identified as Deo before he left in his official motorcade to an unknown destination, leaving the youths stranded at the 4th Division barracks as Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso the army spokesperson pleaded with them to give Saleh more time to sort them out.
The youths were later seen haggling with Maj Kiconco Tabaro, the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) spokesperson.