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My life is in danger — Beti Kamya

By David Lumu, Juliet Waiswa

Added 11th October 2018 02:36 PM

She extended an olive branch to her detractors and those threatening her with death, saying she is willing to change if she wronged anybody

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Minister for Kampala Beti Kamya made the revelations while addressing the media at her office in Kampala. Photo by Maria Wamala

She extended an olive branch to her detractors and those threatening her with death, saying she is willing to change if she wronged anybody

Kampala minister, Beti Kamya, has said her life is in danger.

Kamya, who addressing journalists on Thursday morning at her office in Kampala, said she is bothered by death threats emanating from a carefully crafted list of people targeted for assassination, which has been circulated by unknown people.

The Kampala minister told journalists that she has seen the 'death' list and that she has since undertaken precautionary measures.

“I am bothered about these death threats. I now can’t move without security,” Kamya said.

On the other hand, Kamya, a former opposition die-hard, who recently joined President Yoweri Museveni’s government, as a senior minister in charge of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), has extended an olive branch to her detractors and those threatening her with death, saying she is willing to change if she wronged anybody.

“I do not fear death but that does not mean we should not take precautions. But let them give me reasons why they are listing me on the death targets. If there is something wrong that I am doing or if I upset someone, I am ready to correct it,” she said.

amya said she was willing to engage in dialogue with those who disagree with her hoto by aria amalaKamya said she was willing to engage in dialogue with those who disagree with her. Photo by Maria Wamala

 

Kamya, however, said she does not regret joining government.

“From the time I joined government, my life has been threatened. But, I do not regret joining government,” she said.

Of late a number of public dignitaries, including ministers and MPs, have come out to express concern about the unending death threats.

These death threats have come against the backdrop of systematic assassinations in the country, such as that of the former Buyende District Police Commander, Muhammad Kirumira, former Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Andrew Felix Kaweesi and a number of Muslim sheiks.

In November 2016, other unknown gunmen shot dead Sheikh Maj. Mohammed Kiggundu, a former commander of the rebel outfit, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who had denounced rebellion.

To curb the rising criminality, on Independence Day, President Yoweri Museveni launched the National Command and Control Centre for the CCTV camera project, which is stationed, at Natete Police Station to monitor crime.

During the launch, a total of 150 CCTV cameras were tested to monitor Lungujja, Old Kampala, Rubaga, Kasubi, Kawaala, Kabowa, Natete, Mutundwe and surrounding areas. 

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