Ugandan Youth leaders across the political divide and civil society on Thursday came together in an act of solidarity to condemn what they called harassment of NRM youth.
The Youth stressed that the arrest of the NRM youth is not good for the country and are asking that Uganda has a sober discussion on political transition which is not criminal.
Helena Okiring of the Uganda Youth Network, says the ongoing differences within the NRM is just part of nature since natural justice dictates that an old regime must leave and a new one comes in.
However Okiring argues that how a constructive discussion is held is the question and what the young people of the youth are doing is symbolic because change is inevitable.
In March some NRM youth who support the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi were arrested and two of them Omodo Omodo the national Vice Chairperson of the northern region NRM youth league and Adam Luzinda Buyinza the National Vice chairperson of the NRM youth league Kampala were arrested and remanded to Luzira prison. They were released on bail on Wednesday.
On Wednesday this week in a defence committee meeting in Parliament the Inspector General of Police Maj Gen Kale Kayihura said they arrested the youth leaders after receiving intelligence reports.
According to the IGP youth groups had with terrorism tendencies moving around Rubaga division and upon investigations which are still ongoing they discovered much more information.
The youth were allegedly bribing people as they collected signatures and in some cases were confrontational.
However, Okiring says the youth are only painting a picture of what they see from their party leaders so the State cannot condemn them for alleged bribery.
Andrew Karamagi, from the civil society, says they want to show the country the crisis it is facing does not affect just youth from FDC, DP, NRM, UPC and civil society but as youth of Uganda.