President Museveni has directed the Minister of Finance to procure fleet of brand new four wheel pickups with open carriage beds to provide security to MPs who have been singled out for intimidation.
The letter to Finance Minister Matia Kasaijja dated, 29th June 2018, the President wrote: MPs already have some police guards, those will stay with them. I will however add two other elements- the sharp shooters of the army and follow pick-ups that will be used by these sharp shooters.
He adds: the Pickups will be protected, in simple ways against small bullets ‘ ‘ I can assure you, they will not be interesting targets for terrorists using Kalashinikoros-the sharp shooters themselves should get personal body armour and helmets that are bullet resistant-even police guards should get body protection’’ he said.
‘ ‘Act fast and I expect speed” the president said.
In the letter also copied to Vice President, Speaker of Parliament, Prime Minister, CDF among others the president ordered mr. Ksaijja to ensure that he ‘ Immediately acquire the pickups’’
The president says that when the new systems are installed, government shall do away with individualized security which he says is ‘‘waste of resources; financial and manpower’’
The president’s directive follows brutal murder of Ibrahim Abiriga, the Arua Municipality MP and an unflinching supporter of the controversial constitutional amendment bill that removed the 35 and 75 year presidential age limits.
“There have been audio clips circulating on social media warning those people who participated in the ‘Togikwatako’ (presidential age limit) bill and you cannot take such things for granted. Who knows that they are not the very people who killed Abiriga?” the Observer reported last month.
One particularly ominous audio recording is of a man who calls himself Nasser Mugerwa. In the recording the man claims Abiriga was killed for supporting the age-limit bill passed by parliament on December 20, and assented to by the president on December 27 last year.
The audio clip warned that Anite, Nankabirwa, Nsubuga and Magyezi are the next targets. During the burial of Abiriga on June 11 MP Ogwang told President Museveni, who was the chief mourner, that MPs who promoted bill were living in fear.