East Africa

Lawmakers want govt to re-assure Ugandans of their safety

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In the wake of the recent spate of attacks on security installations, the Shadow Minister for Defence and Security, Mr Fungaroo Kaps Hassan, wants the government to reassure Ugandans that they are safe. He said the government also owes Ugandans an explanation about the plausible reasons for the attacks. “The ministers for Defence and Internal Affairs should explain…we want reassurances about the safety of Ugandans and their property,” said Mr Fungaroo said yesterday at Parliament.

However, Mr James Baba, the State Minister for Internal Affairs, said the concern is not new. “The issue has been raised before, and we prepared an explanation. We are waiting for the Prime Minister to allocate a slot to make a comprehensive statement,” said Mr Baba. He said he had taken note of the renewed interest on the issue and would follow it up with the Premier, Mr Amama Mbabazi.

Over the last two months, there have been media reports about either a soldier turning his gun on his colleagues, or on civilians.

Incidents
For instance, unknown thugs reportedly attacked Mbuya barracks in Kampala on Monday and engaged the soldiers in a fire exchange, whereas a deranged soldier in Bombo shot dead 10 people.

In another incident, suspected thugs attacked the Mpala Police Post off the Kampala-Entebbe highway and made off with a gun. Mr Francis Epetait, the Member of Parliament for Ngora County, said narcotics and psychotropic substances are responsible for some of the murders. “People are running mad. We needed the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Bill, 2007 yesterday,” said Mr Epetait.

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