A Ugandan opposition MP has reported death threats from a rogue group of ‘tired’ security officers. In an anonymous letter, the group gave the female lawmaker three days within which to pay them Shs10m or wait to take four bullets.
Uganda Police Force (UPF) Spokesperson Fred Enanga said that the joint security teams have acknowledged receipt an anonymous letter attributed to the Association of Tired Officers in Uniform (ATOU) which was sent to Mityana District Woman MP Joyce Bagala Ntwatwa. The group threatened to kill Bagala with four bullets if she doesn’t pay them Shs10m within three days running from May 20 to May 23.
That ATOU comprises tired police and army officers pushing for the improvement of their welfare by threatening MPs to either handle their matter. They want their salaries increased and their working environment improved.
The association has warned that if Parliament doesn’t improve their welfare then MPs will be harmed.
Enanga said security agencies were still unable to confirm the authenticity of the anonymous letter and are still jointly investigating its origin. He added that they take threats against life seriously and would do everything humanly possible to ensure that the law makers are secure and that all threats against MPs are appropriately countered.
Already, Enanga continued, Parliamentary Police has been empowered with tools to probe threats, generate security threats for Parliament and take threat reduction measures for all MPs. He also called for more vigilant and take security precautions, as well as change their routines and movements to make them unpredictable.