Speaker tells MPs to man their security

16Sep 2017
Henry Mwangonde
Dodoma
The Guardian
Speaker tells MPs to man their security

SPEAKER of the National Assembly Job Ndugai urged lawmakers to be very cautious of their security and take extra measures to ensure their safety following a wave of unexplained shootings by unknown gunmen.

SPEAKER of the National Assembly Job Ndugai

“As you are all aware, the state of security is not very friendly. I advise you to be very careful in your undertakings, ” Ndugai counseled the MPs.

The speaker was said in his closing remarks of the National Assembly here yesterday.

Ndugai asked parliamentarians to be extra cautious wherever they go, and even change their lifestyle, because security begins with each one of them.

He said MPs who are used to going back home in the late hours of the night should now vary the timetable to ensure their own and their families’ security.

In recent weeks there has been a series of shootings by unknown gunmen in the country, with the most prominent and shocking being the abortive assassination attempt on Singinda East lawmaker Tundu Lissu at his Area D residence in Dodoma municipality on Thursday last week.

Hot on the heels of the Lissu shooting, bandits shot at retired Major General Vincent Mritaba on Tuesday, this week,  on his residence’s doorstep, and made away with Sh5million which the ex-TPDF soldier had just withdrawn from a nearby bank branch.

Lissu has since been transferred to Nairobi’s Aga Khan Hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

The Speaker had earlier directed the parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, Security and Foreign Affairs to meet, along with the country’s defence and security chiefs,  to discuss the worrying state of insecurity and table a report in the National Assembly before the ongoing session came to an end yesterday.

However, the parliamentary committee, which is chaired by Muheza lawmaker Adadi Rajab, failed to table the report in the House yesterday, pleading for extra time due to the sensitive nature of the matter.

 

According to Speaker Ndugai, the Lissu shooting was quite terrifying and the first to happen since Parliament relocated to Dodoma more than thirty years ago.

Summing up his speech, Premier Majaliwa said implementation of the 2017/18 financial year’s budget was satisfying as the government had managed to beef up tax and revenue collection methods.

In his closing speech to parliamentarian, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said the government has already formed a task force to investigate the wave of shootings taking place in the country.

“We have directed security organs to follow up on the trend,” he said, adding that the government condemned the shootings.

He thanked the MPs for passing the three bills in the just-ended session including the Railways Bill 2017, the Written Laws Miscellaneous Amendments No. 3 Bill 2017, and the Medical, Dental and Allied Health Professionals Bill 2016.

Among various protocols and conventions that were also endorsed included the East African Community Protocol on Peace and Security; Convention on the Establishment of a Joint Songwe River Basin Commission between Tanzania and Malawi, and the Intergovernmental Agreement on the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) from Hoima, in Uganda, to Tanga, in Tanzania, all of which he said were crucial for the country’s development.

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