Leader of Opposition in parliament Winnie Kiiza has demanded that legislators be recalled from their recess to deliberate on the current security crisis in the country.
Kiiza says that Uganda’s security organs seem to have failed to contain the escalating crimes including kidnaps and murders of civilians.
“My appeal is that we come back from recess and see how we put this madness [kidnaps and murders] to an end. If those in charge of security cannot consider resigning, let parliament come and force them to resign because it looks like they have failed in their responsibility,” Kiiza said this afternoon at parliament.
She accused security organs of prioritizing protection of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) than Ugandans.
“It is becoming too much. It’s unacceptable that a country will be losing people every other day. Our people are dying while we are proving security for other people in other countries. It’s a shame, it’s a pity,” Kiiza said.
Legislators were sent on recess on February 15 this year but Kiiza believes it is time for them to return to work.
“The country is in disarray. Even as parents are taking children to school, you are not sure you will find them most especially the poor parents in the villages where children have to trek miles from home to school.”
Kiiza was flanked by MPs Francis Gonahasa (Kabweri), Robinah Ssentongo (Kyotera Woman), Sizomu Wambedde (Bungokho North), Lyandro Komakech (Gulu Municipality) and Latiff Ssebaggala (Kawempe South).
Her comments come after the kidnap and eventual murder of an accountant, Suzan Magara. Magara’s body was on Monday found dumped at Kitiko village between Kigo and Kajjansi. Her kidnappers had demanded Shs 3.7 billion in a ransom.
An accountant with Bwendero Dairy Farm (BDF), Magara was reportedly kidnapped while driving to her home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division three weeks ago. Her belongings including a motor vehicle, handbag and cell phone were found abandoned on the roadside after her kidnap.
The kidnappers had cut off two of Magara's fingers before killing her, as they demanded for ransom from her family. To the opposition, however, the insecurity is because of the fights among security agencies.
According to Kiiza, government is concentrating on extending President Museveni’s term in office and celebrating the removal of age limits when Ugandans are dying.
Kiiza and group say it is time to have an extensive discussion on the numerous ‘security’ groupings from crime preventers, internal and external security organizations, the police, informers, to groups such as Boda Boda 2010 and Kifeesi.