The UK government had earlier on advised its nationals to be extremely vigilant about their security, adding that attacks on Uganda could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners...
Members of Parliament have faulted the government for ignoring warnings
on imminent terror attacks on Uganda by the United Kingdom (UK) Counter
Terrorism Police, about two weeks ago.
The UK government had earlier on advised its nationals to be extremely vigilant about their security, adding that attacks on Uganda could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners... "You should be vigilant at all times, especially in crowded areas and
public places like hotels, transport hubs, restaurants and bars, and
during major gatherings like sporting or religious events," the alert said.
However, Uganda Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said that despite the
emerging sleeper terrorist cells, Uganda’s terror alert levels were not elevated yet.
But a week later, there was an attack in Komamboga, a suburb of Kampala, claiming the life of one Emily Nyiraneza. Another blast occurred
aboard a Swift bus bound for Ishaka, and this claimed the life of one Isaac Matovu, who is
suspected to be a suicide bomber.
State Minister for Internal Affairs David Muhoozi was this afternoon tasked to explain why the government security agencies ignored the UK Terror alert and why entertainment places remain in operation in total disregard of measures put in place to control the spread of Coronavirus Disease.
Mukono North MP Abdulla Kiwanuka said that the
hesitant instead of being proactive after the UK terror alert, a reason
Uganda was attacked, barely a week after. He adds that Uganda needs to
ensure that its intelligence is not notch, to avoid such situations.
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MP Martin Mugabi Muzaale said that Uganda needs to work with the UK
government to foil such attacks since the UK seems to be ahead of Uganda
in terms of intelligence. Similarly, the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah says
that the alert should have interested
Uganda so that the threat was curbed.
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But Muhoozi insisted that Uganda has faced this
kind of terrorism before in its rural and urban dimensions. “Our resolve is tested. We shall defeat
this wave too. The security services are
following all the leads in both incidents in order to apprehend the culprits. I
want to say that terrorism is a threat to all. It is indiscriminate. We need everyone in the fight.” he said.
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Meanwhile, MPs Jonathan Odur, Godfrey Onzima and Elijah Okupa questioned
why the bar in Komamboga was operating beyond curfew time, adding that there is a lot of laxity in the enforcement of government guidelines at a time when security should be heightened.
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Muhoozi told the plenary that Uganda also has its own intelligence and
terrorism is not an issue that can be dealt with without cooperation.