Is Museveni’s proposal on snipers for MPs workable?

Army officers at Parliament recently. FILE PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • MPs started expressing security fears towards the end of last year when Parliament kicked off proceedings on the contentious Constitution Amendment Act that was passed to remove the presidential age limits.
  • With MPs who supported the removal of age limits fearing for their lives, the government provided them with guards from the Counter-Terrorism Police.

With MPs scared out of their wits following a spate of high-profile assassinations, President Museveni has ordered that each legislator be guarded by UPDF snipers and provided with escort cars to protect them from terrorists.
Mr Museveni’s proposal has, however, triggered an avalanche of questions with MPs and Ugandans puzzled over how such an unprecedented security arrangement will be pulled off in the wake of high-profile assassinations.

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