MPs Call For Enhanced Security Measures

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In short
The MPs say they do not see enhanced security measures in the country, even after armed men believed to be al Shabaab members raided Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi killing 62 people and injuring 175 others.

Members of Parliament have raised concern over the current security situation following terrorist attacks in the neighbouring Kenya over the weekend.  
 
The MPs say they do not see enhanced security measures in the country, even after armed men believed to be al Shabaab members raided Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi and occupied it for three days. In the shootout that ensued, at least 62 people were killed and 175 others injured.
 
Aswa County MP Reagan Okumu wondered who will protect Ugandans against the risk when the security personnel are at a higher risk. He says that the security operatives in this country especially the police should be well equipped adding that they should be given bullet proof attires.
 
Buliisa County MP Steven Mukitale also says it will be challenging to keep some places like Parliament secure citing congestion. Mukitale suggests that vehicles should be parked outside so that everyone passes through the checkpoints.
 
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Bubulo East MP Simon Mulongo also proposed that Parliament should develop a comprehensive security and an emergency rescue plan in case of a fire or terrorism attack. Ayivu county MP Benard Atiku says parliament is at risk because most of the staff is not easily identifiable. He said it is hard to tell whether one is an MP, security personnel or other parliamentary staff and called upon the Inspector General of Police to give identification cards to the security forces sent to parliament.
 
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga assured the MPs that the Parliamentary Commission is already making efforts to boost security saying that parliament is a high value target.
 
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Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima assured MPs that the country is safe and that the security forces are vigilant enough to ensure that the country remains safe. He said all security agencies have reorganised themselves to keep alert and match the any threat.
 
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 At a press conference in Kampala earlier today, General Katumba Wamala, the Chief of Defence Forces, said the army was on high alert to avert any threat.