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FDC replies to Museveni’s order to deploy military guards for MPs

Patrick Oboi Amuriat, the FDC Party President has advised the MPs to reject president’s offer of pick-up trucks in order to save money if they care about Ugandans.(FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA- The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has Thursday afternoon attacked President Yoweri Museveni for being segregative in the way he provides security in the country.

The development comes after Mr Museveni issued a directive to the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Matia Kasaija to immediately buy escort vehicles for all 456 MPs and the army to provide snipers to protect the legislators from terrorists.

Mr Patrick Amuriat, the FDC party president said, “instead of Mr Museveni thinking about the security of all Ugandans, he is thinking about only a few individuals.”

Mr Amuriat adds that since the murder of women in the country started, nothing has been done, asserting that if MPs care about Ugandans, they should reject the offer.

Mr. Museveni’s letter reads in part, “I therefore direct you to immediately acquire a fleet of 4wheel drive pick-ups with open carriage beds. Provide additional money for these vehicles quickly”.

“The Army will use them to guard the MPs and when the new systems are put in place, these vehicles will be given to Army officers as part of the fleet for UPDF.”

Speaking at the release of funds for the first quarter of the financial year at the Ministry headquarters recently, the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to Treasury Keith Muhakanizi said the matter will be discussed further.

Muhakanizi said they will have to advise the president on the best way forward but declined to give further details.

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