Muslims condemn protest pigs
02 October 2014, 10:59
Kampala - Muslim community in Kampala city centre on Wednesday complained about pigs which were early morning taken to the city centre and dropped near their shops.
''It is terrible. I cannot believe this,'' said Shiekh Abbas Mulyalya, whose building is near where four pigs were dropped Wednesday morning.
''Those arrested should be punished severely. They are bringing shame to our country and abusing our religion,'' he added.
He said that two months ago, two pigs were taken to parliament by unemployed young men and who claimed they were expressing their anger towards the corrupt parliamentarians. He wondered why they
use pigs to express their feelings.
''Why don't they use goats for example? They are aware that pigs are a taboo to us but they go ahead to put them in public places. It should be stopped,' said Amina Laso, a business woman in Kampala.
Four pigs, painted with Uganda's ruling party color which is yellow, were dropped by unknown people in the city centre.
Uganda police spokesman in charge of Kampala city, Patrick Onyango confirmed that the pigs were dropped in the morning but condemned the act.
Onyango said, ''We condemn the act of dropping pigs in public places. We arrested some people suspected to be responsible.''
He said those arrested will be taken to court to be charged with various offenses including breaching of traffic and road safety law.
A car used to drop the pigs has reportedly been impounded by police.
A man and woman suspected to have helped some youths to drop the pigs were also picked up from Kiseka market where a vehicle said to have been used to drop the pigs was also impounded.
The placards on he pigs had messages saying, ''Jobless Ugandans are not willing to participate in the coming KCCA carnival because it’s a waste of tax payers money," and ''KCCA demolished businesses of young Ugandans in the City.''
Next week, Kampala city council authority (KCCA) is to host a carnival in he city centre. KCCA is opposed by opposition politicians who say it is pro-government.
The suspects are being held at Kampala central police station, according to its boss James Ruhweza.