KAMPALA – Following the recent unexplained murders in the country, a number of Ugandans have been thrown into fear of their lives, with MPs not being spared of this fear.
Two MPs Connie Nakayenze (Mbale Woman) and William Nzoghu (Busongora County) have confessed having unknown people trail them with demands to both the Ministry of Security and Internal Affairs to explain why they are being trailed.
The first person to raise the complaint was Nakayenze who told Parliament last week that that unidentified people have been trailing her in and around Kampala using a particular vehicle, but she wasn’t in position to take note of the number plate of the vehicle following her around.
According to Nakayenze said the unknown people had followed her home and business premises in Mukono, saying that the unknown people had thrown her family into panic mode.
This afternoon, Nzoghu also revealed that he had been trailed by unknown people and their activities had left him wondering why they had chosen to trail his movements to the extent of camping around the wall fence of his home.
Nzoghu explained: “My life is in danger. I don’t know why they are trailing me. I don’t know in a country where all of us are citizens that we are encountering situations which are unclear. I want Government to assure me whether I am safe because I am not sure whether my life is safe. This country is slipping into situation where we aren’t sure what is happening to us.”
The Busongora County MP said that this isn’t the first time he is facing such problem and as the same thing occurred in the 9th Parliament and he was helped by then minister of security Mary Karooro and says he would like government to come out on his safety.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga informed MPs that the Parliament Commission had held a meeting early this week and among issued discussed during the meeting was the security of MPs and the meeting agreed to have all MPs who feel endangered to ask for more security and went ahead to task the Ministry of Internal Affairs to prioritise Nzoghu’s concern.
The MPs’ concern comes at the time when the country is grappling with what some call serialized killings where officials in Government, as well as muslim clerics, have been gunned down, with the murder of former Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga in June, and Mohammed Kirumira over the weekend having sent shock waves among MPs.
Following the death of Abiriga, President Yoweri Museveni promised to provide Police escort cars and sharpshooters to MPs.