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Police in Uganda arrest youths planning to 'overthrow Govt'

24 September 2014, 16:50 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Police in Uganda Wednesday morning arrested three unemployed youths who were recruiting new members to the National Association of the Unemployed (NAU).

The arrested youths have been identified by police as Dickens Aineomugisha, Robin Wabulenbo and Doreen Nyanjura.

Recently, some unemployed youths in Uganda, belonging to opposition political party FDC, formed the National Association of the Unemployed (NAU).

They claim that the purpose of their association is to register all unemployed youths in the country and then present the lists to government so that the magnitude of unemployment is known by relevant authorities and be dealt with.  

The three youths were arrested at Kasubi, a densely populated suburb of Kampala, located 4km west of Kampala city.

Police have all along been warning the youth against protests saying they should cooperate with police to provide security for their political assemblies.

However, the youths coordinator, Doreen Nyanjura who claims to be an unemployed lawyer, said it is their constitutional right to freely assemble and register youths without seeking permission from police.

Authorities in Kampala recently linked those youths to rebels who intend to overthrow the government.

The residents commissioner of Kampala, Aisha Kabanda said, "We have got information that those youths are linked to rebels who want to destabilize the government. We have intelligence information that the group wants to burn up the city and they are recruiting people to implement their plan. They are recruiting unsuspecting youth into rebellion.''

Nyanjura has denied the allegations saying that they are rallying unemployed youth and not fighting the government as alleged.

She added that government has only used youth to advance their political ambitions and fighting political wars which has left many incapacitated without employment opportunities.

That is not the first time for such youths to be arrested. According to police, at least 17 youths have so far been arrested although most times they have been released on bond.

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