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‘Benz Bang’ Causes Bomb Scare At Parliament

Sniffer dogs were brought in to detect any bomb after the MP’s car made a loud sound in the Parliament parking.

 A Mercedes-Benz belonging to a lady legislator this morning caused a scare in the precincts of Parliament when it made a bomb like loud sound after the owner raised it up while driving on rough roads and forgot to lower it down on returning to smooth tarmac.

The GL20 CDI 4MATIC can be adjusted to suit road conditions including lifting the car up while driving on bad roads with potholes. However, when the driver forgets to bring it back down, the car collapses back to the standard position with a big bang.

  At about 9:30 am on Friday, a loud sound from the car sent workers around the Parliament parking and running. Many people run far away from the building and from the car its self.  

An unidentified Parliament worker was swift to carry a fire extinguisher, but before he could start to extinguish, realised that no fire had accompanied the bang. He says the car just collapsed down, before many people started gathering at the spot.

 Two police sniffer dogs were brought in barely two minutes from the time of the loud bang to ensure that there was no bomb, before the owner of the car walked in to explain the situation.

 Suzan Amero, the Amuria Woman MP says that she had simply raised the car when she was driving through the potholes and had forgotten to take the car back to its normal standard.  

According to Amero, the car usually pulls back down automatically if it is not moving and has been packed for some minutes.  

“This usually happens, but it has helped us also to see that Parliament is alert, within no time the sniffer dogs were here, and also someone was ready with a fire extinguisher, which is a very good thing as they tell us to be alert” Amero said as she opened the car and adjusted it prperly.

The Sergeant at Arms Ahmed Kagoye, who was first to arrive at the scene of the incident said that the sound was so loud that it caused a scare.

Business returned to normal after several minutes.

The incident comes just three days after a terror attack in Kampala, one on the Parliament Avenue (IPS Building) and the other at Central Police Station (CPS) killing 7 people and injuring 37.

The blasts were felt in Parliament as it left window panes shattered, and caused the suspension of plenary sittings.


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