Crime & Investigation

Tighten Minister Kamya’s Security, says Museveni

Minister Kamya's car leaving her home on Tuesday under police escort

President Museveni has directed police to beef up security for embattled Minister Beti Kamya, this web Chimp Corps report.

Kamya, a former harsh critic of President Museveni and NRM party, broke ties with FDC to serve in Cabinet.

She would later spearhead a campaign aimed at restoring sanity in Kampala which included kicking vendors off the streets.

This attracted a backlash from populist political activists, with many accusing her of being insensitive and conniving with city businessmen to deprive them of working space.

Kamya was also accused of undermining KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi for her personal political interests.

The worst came on Monday night when intelligence filtered in, showing Kamya’s life was in danger.

Police and intelligence units rushed to her residence in Lungujja, a Kampala suburb, to beef up her security.

This is the first time in many years that a serving cabinet minister is surviving an attack from the place of abode.

Upon learning of reports that Kamya’s life was in danger, highly placed sources say Museveni directed police to ensure the ministers’ guards are increased and surveillance near her residence strengthened.

“The President yesterday said no chances should be taken in protecting Minister Kamya,” said a source at police who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Emillian Kayima said the deployment at Kamya’s home was as “a result of intelligence received of young misguided people harboring criminal intentions of either attacking or injuring her.”

Kamya also reportedly received threats from a number of people most of whom have been affected by her policies in the city.

Kayima said; “It was therefore prudent to deploy as a deterrent measure but we have also opened a General Enquiries File to investigate these matters.”

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