A number of National Resistance Movement party Members of Parliament who supported the presidential age limit amendment will hence forth be secured by the elite Special Forces Command (SFC) bodyguards.
ChimpReports understands that each of the legislators got two SFC bodyguards in addition to the police VIP or Counter Terrorism guards they previously had.
A source inside the NRM Caucus told our reporter that five legislators considered to be in “high risk” have already been given the specialized men overtly putting on their SFC uniforms.
“The risk became high for some members and obviously they had to get better men for the job to overcome the threat,” the source said.
At least two senior legislators, including a cabinet minister, were on Tuesday seen at Parliament with their newly acquired guardians from the President’s protection force.
The development comes just 10 days after the brutal gunning down of Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga, the most enthusiastic NRM legislator who loved to dress fully in his party colors.
Abiriga, who was the first to declare support for age limit amendment, was killed with a UPDF officer.
When contacted on phone, the SFC Spokesman, Jimmy Denis Omara dodged commenting on the matter and instead referred us to the MPs.
“MPs are guarded by police officers. Confirm with the MPs,” he briefly said.
Only few of the 451 MPs have VIP and Counter Terrorism (CT) police guards. During the debate and passing of contentious age limit bill late last year, over a dozen members were given the black uniformed police CT officers after public attack on some legislators including Simeo Nsubuga of Kasanda north.
This website understands that security had decided to withdraw much of the CT officers given to MPs this coming July 2018 since the threat level against them is believed to have drastically evaporated. The killing of Abiriga has however reversed the situation.
One of the MPs with the SFC guards, who accepted to speak to our reporter in confidence, said it is not a broad arrangement for those who supported the age limit amendment but an individual basis arrangement.