Members of parliament and parliamentary staff are said to be under threat from some members of the public prompting government to step up security at the parliamentary buildings. Making a statement to parliament on Tuesday afternoon, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Eric Molale said they are going to step up security in and around parliament as a matter of urgency. “Political discourse has of late been characterized by deep emotions and actions that call for increased vigilance,” he said.
He said that security reports they received from security agents has indicated that there are some members of the public who want to cause harm to some Members of Parliament. Molale informed parliament that members of the VVIP protection unit will be deployed to parliament to guard it as they have discovered that some members of public carry around unlicensed and illegal guns and other objects that can be easily used as weapons. “To achieve security of parliament, we need first and foremost restrict access into the premises so that we can have control on how, where and who accesses the premises,” he said.
To achieve this, they will use walkthrough magnetometer detectors and x-ray machines to scan individuals and their luggage, said Molale.