By Jumah Nsubuga
The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has appealed to MPs to cooperate with security at parliament as the way of strengthening and tightening security for MPs.Kadaga told MPs that she has received complaints from security officers at parliament that MPs do not allow to be checked by security.
She says that the thorough checking is done to protect MPs but not to demean the dignity of MPs. “Honorable members the security personnel’s are complaining that you refused to be checked but checking is not done in a bad faith but protecting the lives of you members so for that matter I urge you to cooperate with security for security purposes” She urged.
The junior minister of internal affairs James Baba also assured parliament that security at parliament is under control since the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi already convened a meeting with all security organs and they promised to bring a report on how the security at parliament was beaten by the youth last week. “The security organs assured the prime minister to bring a report on Thursday this week explaining how parliament security was beaten last week and the measures of strengthening parliament security” Minister Baba confirmed.
UPDF representative in parliament Gen Oketa Julius told parliament that members’ of parliament should well come and support the initiative to tighten security as it is a regional act since terrorists have made several threats which cannot be underrated. He added that terrorists now seem to be targeting institutions like parliaments as it happened in Somalia.
Meanwhile Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu also questioned why parliament doesn’t have CCTV Cameras to monitor security at parliament.
“Honorable members we leave here by the mercy of God since this institution doesn’t have CCTV cameras. We just depend on the physical security check ups which a big risk questioning why some small institutions have CCTV cameras to monitor their security and parliament as a big institution fails to procure CCTV cameras” He questioned.
Last year after the Westgate Mall attack incident in Kenya the speaker of parliament informed members that parliament was in process of procuring CCTV Cameras with the purpose of improving security at parliament but up to now nothing has been implemented
Ms Rebecca Kadaga assured legislators last year that the parliamentary commission took some steps to procure CCTV Cameras to protect MPs and the entire parliament.
Last week two youths were arrested at parliament with two pigs
colored yellow demonstrating about the increasing unemployment
affecting the youth of the country corruption among other vises which
need be addressed.
The youth were remanded by grade one magistrate Elisa Kakooza at Luzira and they will produced to KKCA court and face charges on 4th July this year.