Bukenya welcomes security checks


Busiro North MP and former Vice President Prof Gilbert Bukenya has welcomed the enhanced security at parliament.

This comes as some legislators express discomfort with the thorough security checks they are now being subjected to.

Bukenya has told journalists that everyone must condemn terrorism and support efforts to avert it.

This was after the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga warned legislators against rejecting security checks by police officers manning the entry points.

Yesterday the institution stepped up its checks, after last week’s incident where two youths sneaked in two piglets in protest of what they termed as increased corruption and youth unemployment.

Kadaga told the House this afternoon that she had received reports of some MPs being uncooperative, adding that the checks are for their own safety.

The State Minister of Internal Affairs, James Baba has told the House that a comprehensive report on the security at Parliament will be made before the House on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the opposition has questioned the delays by government to release funds towards installation of security equipment at Parliament.

President Yoweri Museveni recently directed the Ministry of Finance to release 18.5 billion shillings to secure security installations at the new car park and around the institution but this is yet to be done.

Shadow Attorney General, Abdu Katuntu warns that any further delays in installing the security apparatus could place the lives of MPs and staff at risk.

Budadiri West MP, Nandala Mafabi suggested that the budget is not passed until the Ministry of Finance provides the funds.

Meanwhile Speaker has responded to the MPs’ concerns pushing the blame on to the finance ministry.

Earlier, the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura toured parliament and the presidential buildings and said some gaps that had been noticed were to be addressed.