Army to Take Over Legislator's Security

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Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, the Obongi county MP who attended the meeting, says after listening to the legislators Museveni directed the army to take over their protection.

President Yoweri Museveni has directed Police and the army to work out a strategy of providing security to all members of parliament who feel insecure. Museveni reportedly issued the directive a closed security meeting with the legislators in the conference halls in the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday.

 
It came after several legislators expressed concern about their personal safety and asked the president to provide them protection, a request he approved. Some of the legislators reportedly said the police officers assigned to protect them are running way because of the risk involved in guarding them while others are not treated well.

 
Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, the Obongi county MP who attended the meeting, says after listening to the legislators Museveni directed the army to take over their protection. According to Fungaroo, some of the legislators at the meeting wondered why only NRM legislators are provided with security.

 

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The Adjumani Woman MP, Jessica Ababiku agrees with the president, saying security is the responsibility of government.


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Raphael Magyezi, the Igara West MP has welcomed the proposal, saying the priority should be put to protect every Ugandan.


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James Kakooza, the Kabula County MP, describes the meeting as great, saying people shared a lot of information.

 
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Muhammad Nsereko, the Kampala Central MP, says their interaction with the president wasn't bad.


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Nsereko says despite the promise by the president to beef up their security, he doesn't need guards.


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The meeting between the MPs and the President comes at a time when the country is battling insecurity including kidnaps and murder of women and the recent murder of Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga together with his brother, Saidi Butele Buga.


  
 
During his recent address to parliament on security, Museveni outlined several measures government is taking to ensure the safety of Ugandans. 



They include strengthening the canine section of the police, fingerprinting of all guns, installation of electronic number plates on all vehicles and motorbikes, banning hooded jackets and installation of cameras on town roads, streets and setting up a modern forensic laboratory. 


The others are ensuring a speedy response to the scene of crime, revamping the Flying Squad, 999 emergency line and the use of drones (Unmanned Air Vehicles). 

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.