Legislators have asked government to tighten security at parliament instead of dismissing reports that a letter bomb was sent to Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of parliament.
On Monday, a local newspaper broke a story indicating that Herman Kabogoza, an attendant in the office of the speaker sustained injuries after a letter bomb addressed to his boss exploded in his face two weeks ago.
Ranny Ismail, Assistant Director Media Relations in the office of the speaker confirmed to the media on Monday that indeed the incident occurred. She however said they have not reached any conclusions as the matter is still under investigations. Both the police and government are yet to comment on the matter.
However, MPs says the issue shouldn’t be taken lightly adding that, it should be an eye opener to government. The MPs want to see more organized security at parliament compared to the current state of affairs there.
Dr Lulume Bayiga, the Buikwe South MP says currently the security at parliament is disorganized, which can make it easy for terrorists to infiltrate the house and strike at any time.
According to Luyiga, armed men in civilian clothes walk around parliament and even seat in the pulic gallery that he says can be exploited by terrorists. He say ever since the changes in counter terrorism were instituted at parliament, there are many security personnel at parliament, which he says has resulted in confusion.
Medard Bitekyerezo, the Mbarara Municipality Member of parliament agrees. He asks parliament security not to dismiss the observer report as a joke saying it involves lives especially that of the speaker of the house. He wants security to investigate what could have happened exactly and allay people’s fear that their lives are not in any danger. The MPs are afraid that if someone could target the speaker’s post office off box, could also target their pigeon halls something that could jeopardize their lives.
Bitekyerezo says that as politicians they have many enemies ranging from their opponents and government officials who do not want to be exposed so their lives need to be protected.
Lenny Twinomugisha, the commandant of parliamentary police declined to comment on the matter saying that he is not the police spokesperson. Judith Nabakooba, the Police Spokesperson said police had no information regarding the claims.