MPs demand explanation for failing security

Legislators have demanded an explanation for the failing security situation in which various people have been attacked, robbed, injured or killed.

The MPs speaking during the plenary sitting of Parliament said that the attacks were recorded in Masaka, Mbale, Kasese, Kampala and other parts of the country.

Hon. Robert Centenary (FDC, Kasese Munic.) said that despite the heavy deployment of both Police and the Army in Kasese, attacks and killings continued in the area. He presented a list of five people, who were killed in Kasese Municipality, since April this year.

There have been five deaths, all of which have not been explained, said Hon. Centenary adding that Last week Police arrested a group of men, beat up one Malik Ssenkuma, who died thereafter. Government should take keen interest in the security situation in Kasese.

He also proposed that security forces deployed in Kasese be investigated for extortion during patrols and arrests.

Hon. William Nzoghu (FDC, Busongora North) said that a one Daniel, an employee with Bunyangabu District Local Government, was murdered in June. He said that his motorcycle was later found parked at a Police Station.

The government motorcycle that he was riding was found parked at the Police, but the Police has not explained how the person was killed and how they got the motorcycle, said Hon. Nzoghu.

There are killings everywhere, is the security situation out of control? asked Hon. Jack Wamanga Wamai (FDC, Mbale Munic.).

Hon. Moses Kasibante (Ind., Rubaga North) said popular comedian Kayibanda, journalist Frank Walusimbi and international footballer, Goeffrey Massa were all attacked on the Northern By pass in Kampala.

Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi (DP, Butambala) reminded the House about last week's demand by the Speaker for a Statement from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which followed Hon. Betty Nambooze reporting an attack on a Police Station in Mukono, in which guns were stolen.

Government Chief Whip, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa, said that MPs' security concerns showed that there was need to intensify security around the country.

She promised to forward all concerns to the National Security Council, which sits every Thursday, for consideration.

Security is something that government has to follow up on a daily basis. Peace that prevails is very elusive, said Hon. Nankabirwa.

Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, directed that the Minister of Internal Affairs presents a Statement to the House on Tuesday next week.

Source: Parliament of Uganda

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