Former president of the opposition FDC Party Dr Kizza Besigye has laughed off a directive from President Yoweri Museveni to have all MPs have their guards following their cars in armoured pickup trucks.
Besigye told NTV in an interview on Friday that there is no money for such expenditure.
He argues that the president is merely setting up the MPs for the public to shun them for wasting taxpayers’ money.
The cars are projected to cost the tax payer atleast Shs1 trillion.
“Maintaining a rogue regime is very costly- it has to be, at all times, protected against the people it governs! That’s why we must urgently bring this to an end,” Besigye pointed out.
Presiding over plenary on Wednesday, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said the Parliamentary Commission would soon meet to consider the President’s letter on providing security to MPs.
In a letter to Finance Minister Matia Kasaija, Museveni directed the purchase of a fleet of double cabin pick-up trucks with ‘carrier beds’ to carry army sharp shooters to protect MPs.
Hon Thomas Tayebwa (NRM, Ruhinda North) objected to the plan and instead proposed that individual MPs in need of such security arrangements should register with the Clerk to Parliament.
He was widely applauded.
In a special Parliament sitting, Museveni issued a 12-point master plan to combat rising killings, kidnaps and high profile assassinations.