Members of Parliament on the
Committee of Defence and Internal Affairs have asked the government to consider
relaxing curfew restrictions in the Masaka sub-region to enable the community to
respond to cases of insecurity.
The committee is in Masaka region following the recent attacks
that have claimed the lives of at least 30 people dead and left nine injured by
In a meeting with the Minister of Security Major General Jim
Muhwezi, the MPs asked him to either relax or completely lift the curfew
Naboth Namanya, the MP for Rubabo County indicates out of their
interactions with local leaders, they have learned that the enforcement of
curfew restrictions is one of the impediments to the interventions taken by the
residents to overwhelm the assailants.
According to Namanya, while the local leaders have mobilized
residents to provide their security and timely responses to any alarms in their
areas, they cannot freely conduct night patrols in their areas due to movement
He argues that despite the heightened security deployment in the
area, which has relatively contained the attacks, there is a need to reinforce
community-based security interventions that can provide a lasting solution to
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Rosemary Nyakikongoro, the Committee
Chairperson says that they have observed that the assailants are taking
advantage of the few people who are out in the night hours to strike and flee which
would not be possible if there was no restriction on movements.
John Nuwagira, the Deputy Director of Operation in the Uganda
Police Force, who is coordinating police response operations in the area, also
confirmed that their interventions are also partly slowed down by the curfew
He reveals that they have witnessed incidents where security
nearly clashed with village vigilante groups in the nights, because they have
no proper joint coordination arrangements between them, partly due to curfew
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Major General Muhwezi the Minister of Security noted that he
cannot solely decide on the request by the MPs. He said that he will hold discussions with higher
authorities on the matter.
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This is not the first time parliament has asked the government to
lift curfew restrictions, which were announced by President Yoweri Museveni as
one of the interventions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.