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Minister Beti Kamya Receives Death Threats

I am Ready to Apologize to Assassins Threatening to Kill Me

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The minister in charge of Kampala, Beti Olive Namisango Kamya Turwomwe, has claimed that she has received death threats from suspected assassins.

Kamya’s revelation comes on the backdrop of a leaflet listing the number of prominent Ugandans on the hit list of unknown assailants.

In the run up to Uganda’s 56th independence anniversary celebrations, police also claimed the force had received credible intelligence information to the effect that there would be planned terror attacks and assassinations of prominent people, including MPs and ministers.

“The police have intelligence that some criminal elements within and outside the country may want to commit heinous crimes against members of the public especially VIPs like Ministers, MPs, senior executives and security personnel during or after October 9 when Uganda celebrates her independence,” said Emilian Kayima in a statement issued on September 29.

And now, two days after the independence celebration, Kamya has chosen to take the threats by suspected hit men seriously.

In recent months, criminals have thrown threatening leaflets on the homes or areas of their targets – and they have proceeded to implement their threats.

What with the string of murders that has claimed the high and mighty of the land!

From prosecutor Joan Kagezi, to former police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, to Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga, to former Buyende District Police Commander (DPC) ASP Muhammad Kirumira, and scores of Muslim clerics, the threats are not anything to sweep under the carpet.

“I saw the list on which I am among the people to be killed; I am bothered by the leaflet since there are many murders in Kampala nowadays,” Kamya told reporters in Kampala on Thursday.

Consequently, Kamya added that she “no longer put myself in unnecessary risks”.

“As a Christian, I pray to God for protection and I also don’t move at night,” she said.

“I return home early on top of the security I have.”

Kamya further wondered why she had featured on the list of possible victims of Kampala hit men.

“I wish they could state the reason for wanting me dead,” Kamya pleaded.

“If there is something I did and is displeasing to them, they should make it known and if possible I can apologize.”

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