Muhakanizi to advise President on mlitary guards For MPs


Keith Muhakanizi
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will be advised on the best option on his directive that the Ministry of Finance procures escort pickups for members of parliament.
Keith Muhakanizi, the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury (PSST), said on Thursday that initially he thought the presidential directive was fake news only to confirm it later, since it was given to the minister. Muhakanizi says since part of their work is to offer advice to the president, they will do so in order to get the best option, whether it will be implementing the directive or otherwise.
This comes after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has issued directives for  the immediate procurement of escort vehicles and the provision of 'sharpshooters' for all members of parliament. Currently there are 451 members of parliament in the 11th parliament, and number is expected to rise with recent creations of new districts and municipalities.
The president  directive is given in a letter dated June 29, 2018, to minister of Finance Matia Kasaija. The president's letter which has been copied to all 456 MPs in their pigeon halls says that members of parliament have been singled out for intimidation and possible attack and that he has decided to protect the MPs as the country awaits putting in place other security systems.
The president directive  follows an outcry from a section of members of parliament  for additional security following an increase in cases of kidnaps and murders of women across the country, Muslim clerics, and a number of other prominent people over the last two years.
The latest high profile individual to be killed was former Arua Municipality member of parliament Hon Ibrahim Abiriga who was gunned down on Friday 8th June near his home in Kawanda a Kampala suburb.
The president later held two security meetings with members of parliament to devise means of ensuring that they are safe.
Some other law makers criticised the move saying security of every Ugandans is important not just few members of parliament.


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