UPC asks gov’t to step up security in Masaka

James Akena

James Akena the President of Uganda People's Congress

By Benjamin Mwibo

The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has appealed to the Government to step up security in the Greater Masaka region and the rest of Uganda, for the Protection of Ugandans.

The Masaka killings, which started a month ago, have claimed the lives of 26 people, who have been murdered by unknown assailants.

Addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday, James Akena, the Party President UPC said, “As Uganda People’s Congress we are on record to call upon every security agency to wake up especially under a situation of security threat to Ugandans.”

He noted that the issue of security is a national concern which he said affects everyone irrespective of religion, status, and color.

He added that: “I take the opportunity to appreciate the step being taken by the security forces to camp in this region with the purpose of finding out ways of averting the wanton murderers, strengthen security and restore hope and peace.”

Akena advised the security agencies, leaders, and community members to plan and cooperate, stressing that the police should mend and restore the mutual understanding and good working relationship with the citizens as a way to facilitate informed and effective investigations.

He also asked the leaders to enable people, carry out their day-to-day activities without fear but with confidence.

At the same press conference, UPC also commended the ministry of education for its plan to reopen schools in the next few weeks.

“We take the opportunity to as well applaud the Ministry for Education about its plan for reopening schools and higher education institutions, ” he said.

He noted that,” we call upon the government to strategically conduct a general reopening of schools to enable all our students to resume their studies,”.. 

UPC however implored the school administrations not to overcharge and exploit parents because both parties were affected by COVID-19 and the lockdown that economically affected the whole country.

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