Special Forces Command to protect Ministers for 6 months

DAILYNEWS UG Ministers and Members of Parliament from the ruling party National Resistance Movement have been assigned soldiers from Special Forces Command.

This was agreed between the legislators and President Museveni agreed in a closed-door meeting recently.

Among the legislators with highly armed guard is Ndorwa west MP Hon David Bahati who has been sighted with a heavily armed commando from Special Forces Command.

Hon Bahati was today in Kabale with a commando armed with a sniper gun to drum support for LCI chairperson candidates on NRM tickets.

The MPs were alarmed by the recent wave of high-profile killings and, particularly, the June 8 gunning down of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga, told president Museveni that they had received death threats via social media platforms and mobile phones.

The President 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. Mr Nyamahoro was in the meeting.

The Finance ministry handling the cost implications of this security arrangement.

President directed that MPs be provided with army escorts after the legislators voiced reservations about guards from the Counter-Terrorism Police.

The MPs, who supported the controversial Constitution Amendment Bill that was passed in December to remove presidential age limits, were provided with Counter-Terrorism police guards as infuriated voters threatened to harm them.

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

During the meeting 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.

Sources further said Mr Museveni additionally proposed that private individuals should procure private cameras and install them on their premises pending amendment of the relevant laws to compel landlords to fix CCTV cameras on their houses before they are rented out.

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