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MPs task ministers to explain security situation

By Mary Karugaba, Nicholas Wassajja

Added 4th April 2017 09:07 PM

MPs cited the recent attacks in Masaka where assailants have left behind leaflets indicating who their targets are

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MPs cited the recent attacks in Masaka where assailants have left behind leaflets indicating who their targets are

Winnie Kiiza the leader of opposition in Parliament.

Following the yet unexplained deaths of security officers and some civilians in some parts of the country, Members of Parliament have tasked the Ministers of Security, Defence and Internal Affairs to explain the security situation in the country.

Led by the leader of opposition in Parliament Winfred Kiiza, the MPs complained that in Masaka, killers drop leaflets indicating names of their targets and in some cases, they have followed them up and killed them.

However the MPs did not mention names of those so far killed although they alleged that some Members of Parliament are also on the list.

"After the death of AIGP Felix Kaweesi, another UPDF officer was killed under mysterious circumstances in Hoima, a number of Ugandans have been attacked and others killed. In Masaka people are living in fear and Government has not come out to explain what is happening. What is Police doing exactly to protect the people?" Kiiza queried.

In Kasese, Kiiza, said two residents were on Saturday attacked, manhandled, beaten and their properties stolen reportedly by crime preventers.

MP Florence Namayanja said the gangs have also issued threats to people in Lwengo, and other neighbouring districts.

"Mr. Speaker, this is disheartening that its happening and our security officers are not helping at all," she said.

When Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah called on any of the ministers to explain but they were all not in the House.

State Minister of Finance, David Bahati, promised to inform them and also said they will present a statement regarding the security situation in the country on Wednesday.

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