Besigye: How Parliament Leaders Abuse Power

viagra sale sans-serif; color: #333333;”>We found a convoy of vehicles belonging to Uganda’s Parliament (from registration Number Plates) heading in the same direction of page sans-serif;”>Kampala.

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This was towards the Kafu Bridge, about 180 kms north of Kampala.

These vehicles included the following: Police lead car Reg No. UP 1082, Land Cruiser Reg No. UG 0069H, Coaster minibus Reg No. UG 0221H, and Pick-up truck Reg No. UG 0177H.

The Police lead car and the Pick-up truck had emergency police lights on, while all the vehicles in the convoy had double indicator (hazard) lights on.

The Pick-up truck was carrying policemen like the police patrol vehicles do.

The whole convoy was moving at slow speed of about 40-50km/hr.

The Pick-up truck, which was a rear-guard of the convoy, made sure that no vehicle was allowed to overtake their convoy.

We were forced to drive at their speed until, by luck, they stopped at a fuel station one and a half hours later.

I was shocked that leaders in Parliament would be so insensitive to other road users.

I have not encountered this kind of behaviour even in countries with much higher security threats for their leaders; including their Heads of State.

In Uganda we’re used to this kind of primitive behaviour by the “presidential guards”, which is very inconveniencing to other road users indeed.

By contrast though, the presidential convoys are always driving fast.

The list of government officials with these types of convoys seems to be getting longer all the time.

They include the Vice President, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice, the Prime Minister, Minister for Karamoja, the Minister of Defence, the Chief of Defence Forces, his Deputy and several other senior military officers, the Inspector General of Police etc.

Apart from the huge costs attendant to all these convoys, they are, certainly, a nuisance on the roads.

I doubt that they actually improve the security of the government officials involved.

Those tolerating this behaviour should be ashamed of themselves.

It’s a high time that a public policy is made to regulate the convoys of Uganda’s “big” persons.


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