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Parliament Attackers Face Criminal Trespass, Malicious Damage Charges

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The two members of the Red Top Brigade Movement who attacked Parliament on Wednesday face charges of criminal trespass and malicious damage.

They are Charles Mutaasa Kakero and Dafala Senjako.

Trouble for the duo started when they jumped on the floor of parliament from the stranger’s gallery around 4pm on Wednesday protesting corruption.

They dropped leaflets titled “A letter to Africa and Uganda, stop cropping out citizens,” in which they protest against President, Yoweri Museveni’s regime and Corruption.

The two were subdued and arrested by security for questioning.

Now, Mega Fm has since established that the suspects have been transferred to the Central Police Station Kampala where they are locked up on charges of criminal trespass and malicious damage.

According to the Parliaments Powers and Privileges Act, anyone who creates or joins in any disturbance, which interrupts or is likely to interrupt the proceedings of Parliament or a committee while Parliament or the committee is sitting; is liable on conviction before a court to imprisonment for any term not exceeding two years or a fine not exceeding four thousand Shillings or to such fine and imprisonment.

The Internal Affairs State Minister, Mario Obiga Kania, says investigations are still ongoing to establish the extent of the acts of the two people.

Meanwhile, there is heightened security at parliament, a day after the incident.

Military men have been deployed at the two gates of parliament to beef security. Visitors accessing parliament at the main gate and eastern gates opposite the National Theater are being screened thoroughly before they are allowed in or turned away.

Both visitors and staff without proper identification cards are also being turned away. Those with luggage are also checked thoroughly before being allowed in the precincts of the house.

Two members of Uganda Parliamentary Press Association were turned away by security because of Identity cards.

One of the gates that previously had two police officers to check visitors now has five. In total there is an estimated 20 security officers at each of the gates.

Hellen Kaweesa, the Acting Director Communications at Parliament told URN that the heightened security is expected because of what happened on Wednesday. She says there is need for extra vigilance because of the raid by the Red Top Brigade members.

On the case of the journalists, she says they were turned away just like any other person without proper identification. Journalists are issued with accreditation tags, which they are expected to carry all the time while accessing the house.

Mario Obiga Kania, the Internal Affairs State Minister confirmed the heightened security at parliament.

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