There is an increase in the security measures around universities following
two bomb explosions in the capital in two days.
Institution of higher learning will reopen next week after months
of closure following the outbreak of covid-19.
Despite universities being potential targets for terror attacks
given the high concentration of students, there has been lax security at public
universities in Kampala. There were nobody checks at the entrances of Makerere,
Kyambogo and Makerere University Business school-MUBS. The security officers also
casually checked motor vehicles entering the university.
At Kyambogo University, a URN reporter observed security checks at
the main entrance in Banda.
The police asked the motorists entering the university to not only
open their car doors but also the boot before continuing to the parking
lot. The pedestrians were asked for their identifications and were told to
walk through the metal detector.
Reuben Twinomujuni, the Senior Public Relations Officers at Kyambogo
University says that given the number of students there, security will remain heightened.
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At Makerere University, all the entry points used by students were
locked out except the university’s main gate. The gate was manned by armed
Military Policemen who thoroughly checked vehicles and pedestrians accessing
In addition, a police van was also seen patrolling different parts
of the university while at Freedom Square there was deployment of policemen.
At Makerere University Business School-MUBS there was no checking
for people walking in at both the small and main gates when our reporter
visited. The officers only checked vehicles entering the university.
According to Simon Peter Odoki, the spokesperson of Makerere University
Business School, the MUBS security team together with the Uganda police and
Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) are handling all activities at the
entrance and exit of the institution.
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The situation was not different at Uganda Christian University and
Ndejje University where URN reporters observed a lax in security. Despite the presence of private security guards, they were not
checking visitors entering both universities.
a week before the two bomb attacks, the UK government had warned its citizens in
Uganda of a likely terrorist attack.