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The Parliamentary Commission has issued new security guidelines to be followed by all staff, Members of Parliament and Visitors to the House.

The Parliamentary Commission has issued new security guidelines to be followed by all staff, Members of Parliament and Visitors to the House.
 
The guidelines are highlighted in a circular dated July 2, 2014 to all staff and MPs by the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige.
 
In the circular Kibirige indicates that the Parliamentary Commission sub-committee meeting resolved to put in place interim security measures as it sorts out security within the Parliamentary precincts and its surrounding.
 
The new security measures now require only MPs and senior Staff to strictly use the South Wing entrance also known as the main entrance to Parliament and the new Parking with effect from today 3rd July 2014. The senior staff includes Deputy Clerks, Directors and Assistant Directors.
 
All other staff, interns and visitors are now required to use the North Wing or the behind gate to Parliament and the old Parking lot. All staff and interns at Parliament are also required to wear their identification cards at all times while at Parliament.
 
The new guidelines also require all fire arms to be deposited at the armory which is located at the South Wing entrance. All vehicles entering Parliament are to be subjected to a thorough check and all occupants in the vehicles are to be required to get out and go through the walk way except MPs.
 
After accessing the two gates of Parliament, the circular still indicates that persons are to be still thoroughly checked again at the second check points leading to the two foyers at Parliament at the South and North wings.
 
These new guidelines follow last month’s security measures put in place by the Police Directorate at Parliament following a security lapse that saw two youth demonstrators smuggle piglets into the precincts of Parliament.
 
Helen Kaweesa, the Public Relations Manager at Parliament then explained that the North Wing gate of Parliament and the Gate to the new President’s Office would be restricted to the President, Vice President and Prime Minister.
 
She added that all other vehicles would access Parliament and the New President’s Office through the Main gate at the South Wing and that only vehicles belonging to staff of parliament, MPs and Parliament Vehicles would be allowed entry.
 
However this measure has now been changed by the new guidelines since now the visitors, staff and interns are to strictly use the North Wing gate for entrance and parking.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.