Museveni gives MPs military bodyguards

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UPDF soldiers on parade

President Museveni has ordered Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) to provide Members of Parliament with military guards.

This was during a Tuesday security meeting with MPs following the assassination of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga.

Museveni directed the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen David Muhoozi, to work with the Commandant of the Parliamentary Police, Superintendent of Police Anabella Nyamahoro to handle the process of enhancing MPs’ security.

According to Daily Monitor, Gen Muhoozi, the Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth-Ochola and Director of CID Grace Akullo also attended the meeting.

MPs, according to the report, will be provided with army escorts to replace guards from the Counter-Terrorism Police.

The guards will only work for six months, a period Museveni anticipates his proposals to improve national security will have been implemented.

Museveni also revealed that a Chinese firm will supply the CCTV cameras, a key component of his security master plan to defeat criminals who have been kidnapping and killing people with impunity.

The NRM Caucus secretary general, Joseph Kasozi (Bukoto Mid-West MP), told Monitor that the National Security Council will work out the details of whether MPs will get escort cars or not considering budgetary implications the arrangement will have.

“There are some MPs who have been getting threatening messages. The President said MPs who feel that they are not comfortable with police will have police guards withdrawn and they get well-trained UPDF soldiers,” Kasozi is quoted as saying.

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