Crime & Investigation

Kayihura Draws Parliament Security Masterplan


view geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The move follows an incident in which youths beat the existing Parliament security, smuggling piglets into its precincts; and alarming legislators about the state of their security while in the House.

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The youths together with Police officers manning the main entrance to Parliament were subsequently detained.

Minister Baba said that the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi, had convened a meeting together with the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies to discuss the issue of Members’ security.

“The Prime Minister called a meeting to see how best Members of Parliament can be protected. The IGP was tasked to work out the details and we hope to report to Parliament this Thursday,” he said adding, “We are in consultations with the Parliamentary Commission and the Clerk. We want to ensure that Members and staff are secure while they do their work in this House.”

The IGP together with Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Felix Kawesi and heads of Parliament Police Directorate today toured the precincts of Parliament. There has been increased security checks imposed on Members, staff and visitors to Parliament requiring them to register every time they are accessing the precincts of Parliament.

Hon. Abdu Katuntu (FDC, Bugweri) wondered why Parliament only depended on physical security without any CCTV cameras, which are even owned by small financial institutions. He wondered why the security equipment proposed for procurement was not in place, hence affecting the eventual use of the new parking facility at Parliament.

The Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, appealed to legislators to cooperate with Parliament Police to ensure security in the precincts of Parliament.

She said some Members were against the newly imposed measures, with an unnamed legislator abandoning his vehicle at a checkpoint to avoid being checked for five hours on Monday and Tuesday.

“Members you are VIPs but you should decide whether you want to be alive or dead,” she charged.

She said that the security equipment for Parliament was ready for procurement but the Ministry of Finance had delayed to provide funds for its purchase.

“The Ministry of Finance is insensitive to security of this House, yet they also work here, they need to explain the state of affairs and their lax attitude to this issue,” she stressed.


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