Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The army and police have opened inquiries into assassination threats directed at the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among. Last week, Anita Among, told parliament that she had received a report indicating that her vehicle was being trailed by suspected assassins, who want her dead.
“I have got a report, I have only shared this with the leader of the opposition but I can now officially tell you. I have got an assassination report,” Among said. Addressing journalists at the Police headquarters in Naguru on Monday, Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said that the Special Investigations Division headquarters in Kireka and other security agencies are jointly investigating the speaker’s claims.
A senior Police detective, who is part of the team investigating the claims, says that the team comprises officers from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, Internal Security Organization, and Crime Intelligence.
“We shall start with working with the office of the speaker to identify the source of the threats directed at the speaker. That’s the first step in carrying out investigations of such threats,” the officer said. According to Enanga, Uganda Police Force-UPF has since tightened the speaker’s security.
“Our team from Counter-terrorism continues to monitor the security detail of the speaker, and make sure that all-around protection by bodyguards stays vigilant at all levels of her movement and at her residence,” Enanga stated. He says that parliamentary police have also been put on high alert to ensure the speaker’s safety.
The assassination threats against the speaker follow the disappearance of his bodyguard, Aggrey Aruho who allegedly hoodwinked parliament that he was flying to the US for the 34th Uganda North America Association-UNAA-convention earlier this month only to disappear.