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Ugandan legislators to get sharpshooters and armoured cars for security | Africanews - 10 months ago, 12 July 17:23

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President Yoweri Museveni has approved increased security spending for Uganda’s 456 members of parliament – including on sharpshooters and armoured escort vehicles – after a ruling party lawmaker was shot dead.

Critics said the spending was wasteful and failed to address security concerns of normal citizens who fear rampant crime in a country marked by unsolved murders, waves of kidnappings for ransom, burglaries and robberies.

In a letter to the finance minister seen by Reuters on Thursday, Museveni said the decision to boost security was taken after a meeting with members of parliament in which incidents of “criminality and terrorism” were discussed.

“Members of parliament … have been singled out for intimidation and possibly attack. I have, therefore, decided to protect the members of parliament … since they are being singled out,” he said.

The killing of a ruling party lawmaker and his bodyguard on June 8 follows lethal attacks on Muslim leaders, a ...
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