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Uganda beefs up security in Kampala malls

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Following a deadly terrorist attack in Kenya, the Uganda Police have tightened security at key public places, especially shopping malls in Kampala.

Security has been beefed up in Malaba and Busia borders.

The Uganda Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura yesterday said it is important to tighten security at public places to avert a similar attack.

“What has happened in Kenya is very unfortunate and can happen anywhere,” Kayihura said.

By Sunday, the police and other security agencies had beefed up security with more deployment of uniform and plain clothes officers in many public places, including supermarkets and shopping malls.

Since July 2010, Uganda has maintained tight security in Kampala and other towns, with the Police issuing terror alerts regularly. The Somali Islamist al-Shabaab terrorists in July 2010 carried out twin terror attacks that claimed over 80 lives and left over 50 others injured.

The al-Shabaab have repeatedly warned of attacks against countries which have troops serving under the African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Uganda has the biggest contingent in Somalia. The Kenyan incident, Kayihura said, is an eye opener about the real threat posed by terrorists.

“When we issue alerts, members of public should not take them for granted. The threats are still real,” he said, noting with dismay the lax security at many public places, especially big supermarkets. “It is not because of the Kenyan incident that we are moving, but these plans have been underway,” Kayihura said and called for increased vigilance from the public.

“Our real strength to deter such incidents and defeat these criminals lies in active community policing,” he said. “Our personnel shall not be caught flat-footed. We have been prepared for some time and we thank the public for the continued vigilance,” Kampala Metropolitan Police commander, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, said Sunday.

Following a deadly terrorist attack in Kenya, the Uganda Police have tightened security at key public places, especially shopping malls in Kampala.

Security has been beefed up in Malaba and Busia borders.

The Uganda Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura yesterday said it is important to tighten security at public places to avert a similar attack.

“What has happened in Kenya is very unfortunate and can happen anywhere,” Kayihura said.

By Sunday, the police and other security agencies had beefed up security with more deployment of uniform and plain clothes officers in many public places, including supermarkets and shopping malls.

Since July 2010, Uganda has maintained tight security in Kampala and other towns, with the Police issuing terror alerts regularly. The Somali Islamist al-Shabaab terrorists in July 2010 carried out twin terror attacks that claimed over 80 lives and left over 50 others injured.

The al-Shabaab have repeatedly warned of attacks against countries which have troops serving under the African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Uganda has the biggest contingent in Somalia. The Kenyan incident, Kayihura said, is an eye opener about the real threat posed by terrorists.

“When we issue alerts, members of public should not take them for granted. The threats are still real,” he said, noting with dismay the lax security at many public places, especially big supermarkets. “It is not because of the Kenyan incident that we are moving, but these plans have been underway,” Kayihura said and called for increased vigilance from the public.

“Our real strength to deter such incidents and defeat these criminals lies in active community policing,” he said. “Our personnel shall not be caught flat-footed. We have been prepared for some time and we thank the public for the continued vigilance,” Kampala Metropolitan Police commander, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, said Sunday.

- See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-136990/uganda-beefs-security-kampala-malls#sthash.EvrYsQld.dpuf


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