The Police in Johannesburg, South Africa are investigating circumstances under which four Ugandan Members of Parliament and two staff of the House were robbed.
Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah informed Parliament this afternoon that the MPs are Robert Migadde of Buvuma Islands, Santa Alum of Oyam Woman MP, Francis Gonahasa of Kabweri County MP and Esiangu Kenneth, the Soroti County MP. Also robbed are Jackline Mutekanga and Florence Achieng, who are members of staff of Parliament. The legislators sit on Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture.
According to Oulanyah, they were attacked today at their hotel on the outskirts of Johannesburg, where they had travelled to attend a conference on Agriculture. A number of items including money, passports and laptops were stolen in the process.
Oulanyah says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been contacted over the matter and will liaise with Uganda’s High Commissioner in Pretoria, Julius Peter Moto to handle their return to Uganda.
Oulanyah urged MPs to always contact Uganda Embassies and High Commissions whenever they travel abroad. He also advised them to consider staying in areas where their personal security is guaranteed.
This is not the first time that MPs have been attacked abroad. In December 2012, former Kween County MP, Chemaswet Abdi was carjacked at the gate of his Nairobi residence. He was confronted by five men, three of them armed with AK47 rifles, who forced him and his wife into the house and robbed them of cash, jewellery and electronics.