Police to Impose Guards on Selected Opposition Legislators

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Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says since several opposition leaders and army officers are being investigated for treason, they cant continue operating without surveillance.

Police is considering imposing guards on all opposition leaders especially Members of Parliament they deem have intentions of committing crime in their day to day activities.

According to Police, the move is aimed at keeping the opposition leaders under surveillance to stop them from committing crime. 
 
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says that since several opposition leaders and army officers are being investigated for treason, they can't continue operating without surveillance because they can indulge in criminal activities.
 
So far only Michael Kabaziguruka, the Nakawa Division Member of Parliament is under police protection for his alleged involvement in planning subversive activities within Kampala and around the country.
 
Opposition leaders have reacted angrily to the proposal by police to impose guards on them. Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party spokesperson, says the move is aimed at infringing on their freedoms.
 
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Lee Oguzu, the Maracha North Member of Parliament, says the decision by police to impose on them guards is ridiculous. According to Oguzu, it is not a crime for any Ugandan to belong to the opposition.
 
He appeals to the police leadership to consider other means of engaging them other than imposing on them security they don't need.
 
However, Enanga says they will not dialogue on security matter, because the targeted opposition leaders have plans of destablising the country.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.