Ugandan President approves increased security spending for 456 members of parliament

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

Critics said the spending was wasteful and failed to address security concerns of waves of kidnappings for ransom, burglaries and robberies.

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.

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