Uganda to protect legislators with military, armored trucks

AP News
Posted: Jul 12, 2018 6:24 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's government will deploy military escorts and purchase armored trucks for each of its more than 400 lawmakers amid a heightened sense of insecurity in the East African country.

Critics are blasting the decision as too expensive in a poor country that is considered one of Africa's more stable nations.

Longtime President Yoweri Museveni issued the directive in a letter to the finance minister that cites "shallow criminality and terrorism" in recent years.

Some lawmakers have cited threats since passing a bill in December that opened the door for the 73-year-old Museveni to possibly rule into the 2030s.

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One ruling party lawmaker, Ibrahim Abiriga, was shot dead by unknown gunmen near the capital, Kampala, last month.

Museveni, a key U.S. security ally, has held power since 1986.