Opposition Wants Parliament Recalled Over Insecurity

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The Leader of opposition in Parliament Winniie Kiiza says Parliament needs to consider how to deal with the numerous security groupings that have become a time bomb for the country. She says some of the groups are made up of redundant persons with militia mentality.

The opposition in Parliament is petitioning the Speaker to recall Parliament from recess in order to find a solution to the worrying security situation in the country.

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament Winifred Kiiza faults the government for failing to address insecurity challenges in the country adding that institutions that are mandated to protect Ugandans are not doing their job.

She says Parliament needs to consider how to deal with the numerous security groupings that have become a time bomb for the country. She names Crime Preventers, Internal Security Organization, External Security Organization, The Police, Informers and groups like Bodaboda 2010 which she says are made up of 'redundant persons with militia mentality'.

According to the rules of procedure, Parliament can be recalled from recess through a request made in writing by at least one-third of all Members of Parliament to the Speaker.

Kiiza alongside other opposition MPs were addressing a press conference in which they expressed dismay at the deteriorating security of the country. The statement comes a few days after the kidnap and murder of Suzan Magara, an accountant attached to Bwendero Dairy Farm (BDF).

Magara was kidnapped on February 7, while driving to her home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division. Her body was discovered by residents of Kigo, along the Southern bypass early this week.
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Kiiza adds that a government with a legitimate mandate cannot concentrate on extending President Museveni's term in office and celebrating the removal of age limits when Ugandans are dying.

She says gangs have beaten up people in full view of the Police while killings have been reduced to prostitution and acts of the invisible Illuminati forces.

Kiiza adds that government has lost its relevance after failing to account for what they have done in regards to the death of former Police Spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Prosecutor Joan Kagezi, the Kidnap of New Vision Journalist Charles Etukuri and the arrest of veteran Journalist Stephen Bakka.

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Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebaggala says that although the government has been assuring Ugandans of security, the rhetoric loses meaning in the wake of murders involving Muslim Clerics, foreign nationals and killing of women in parts of Entebbe. 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.