Ugandan Lawmakers to ride armoured cars, get sharpshooters for security

President Yoweri Museveni has approved increased security spending for Uganda’s 456 members of parliament, including on sharpshooters and armoured escort vehicles, after a ruling party lawmaker was shot dead.

In a letter to the Finance Minister on Thursday, Museveni said the decision to boost security was taken after a meeting with members of parliament in which incidents of “criminality and terrorism” were discussed.

The killing of a ruling party lawmaker and his bodyguard on June 8 follows lethal attacks on Muslim leaders, a public prosecutor and a senior police officer.

Museveni said lawmakers would now be accompanied by military sharp-shooters and ordered the finance ministry to purchase armoured pick-up trucks to use as escort vehicles.

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