Inside Museveni’s meeting with MPs

Joseph Sabiiti

President Yoweri Museveni has directed the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi, to provide security to members of parliament after it was reported that police personnel are running away from guarding MPs terming it too risky.

Speaking during the closed meeting with MPs at the office of the prime minister buildings in Kampala, the president also ordered police chief Martins Okoth Ochola to sack any officer who has abandoned the duty of guarding MPs.

This comes after several police personnel attached to the VIP protection unit protested being deployed to guard MPss describing it as a quick way to die.

It remains to be seen how Ochola who along with CID chief Grace Akullo attended the meeting will act on the matter.

In the interaction that saw the President take over 100 questions from MPs, Kampala central legislator Muhammad Nsereko protested the manner in which Mukono municipality law maker Betty Namboze has been treated as he implored the state to set an example.

The president in response stated that he has no objections to Namboze travelling for treatment but made it clear that she will return to find the charges waiting for her.

Obongi county MP Hasan Kaps Fungaro asked why the opposition is not represented in the national security council which in developed countries is a national entity prompting the president to respond that even when he in principle agrees with the idea, he is worried of the opposition’s involvement in subversive activities.

Quoting from the People’s Redemption Army story and the death of Opoka , a former opposition supporter who was reportedly killed by the LRA, the president added that sections of the opposition especially those allied to the FDC cannot be trusted with sensitive security information.

He instead proposed for a meeting in camera with only the opposition MPss to pick their minds on how national security can be run.

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