Uganda police force has issues tough guidelines following an explosion of another bomb blast in a passenger bus which claimed two lives and left many injured.
During the press conference at Police headquarters Naguru, the Director Counter Terrorism Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Abas Byakagaba has issued conditions that Ugandans must adhere as one of the ways of stopping another bomb blast to happen.
AIGP Byakagaba said while addressing journalists that the aim of the attackers was to intimidate cause panic, fear and restlessness among Uganda’s population and such acts of terrorism are condemned by law and must not be given any space.
“As a country, we have fought it together with the population and this is how we have always succeeded and therefore I call upon our people to work together with us on the concerted effort and that is when we shall remain on the top of the situation. All Ugandans are called upon to remain calm and highly vigilant.” He said.
‘‘Ugandans must keep watch of any suspicious individuals and activities one is indulged in such as places of worship, burial ceremonies. “All suspicious persons should be reported to the police and other agencies as well as any responsible persons within your help. Thirdly watch out and report all suspicious objects and abandoned items whenever cited. Fourth, put in place access control measures to premises, venues and places that are accessed by people inform of visitors, service providers, customers or any other categories of people who may have access to your facilities.” He added.
AIGP Byakagaba also called upon Ugandans to share and report all suspicious activities. Landlords have been specifically argued to take all necessary precautions and identify their tenants and also be mindful of any suspicious people on their premises.
Transporters especially buses and taxi operators bodaboda raiders, bus terminals and taxi parks, stages of taxi and bodabodas and any other areas involving movement of people have been asked to be extra vigilant on their customers and report all those that may cause suspicions.
Boda bodas are urged to increase vigilance since their services remain very vulnerable and can easily be penetrated by criminal-minded people.
Local leaders LCs and other community leaders especially in areas of the high population should cooperate on all security matters identify and report to security all suspicious persons and activities in their areas immediately.
AIGP Byakagaba promised that investigations are going on and asked the public to resist false information on social media.
“Kindly allow us to conduct these investigations and after that, we shall be able to release to you what we shall have found out.” AIGP said.
The burgeoning of terrorism in Africa has been incontestably connected to the developments in Afghanistan in particular, and west Asia in general, for the past few decades.
In June 2021, commander of the United States (US) force in Africa, General Stephen Townsend, observed that there is an unabated spread of terrorism Africa.
By August 2021, the US secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, announced that the State Department had added five African Jihadist to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). Evidently, Africa is plagued by terrorism inspired by radical Islam.
Islamic terrorist outfits are primarily anti-western, and they aim to establish society and state on the basis of Sharia laws/tenets of Islam. By now, Jihadi terrorism has become a global phenomenon.
It should be noted that in Africa, out of 1.2 billion people, 446 million are Muslims and the continent is home to 27 per cent of the world’s Muslims.
Islam is not merely a binding factor between West Asia and Africa, but the fate of radical Islam too has been shaped by interactions between these two regions. For instance, after he was expelled from Saudi Arabia in 1991, Osama Bin Laden went to Sudan where he started his international training camps for terrorists in Khartoum.
The bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on 7 August 1998, which left 224 people dead and 4500 wounded, underscored the growing significance of terrorism in Africa, where radical Islamist groupings such as Al Qaeda were involved.
In Africa Islamist extremist groups are operating at the moment. However, the most prominent terrorist outfits such as Al Shabab, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIB) and Ansar Dine are linked to Al Qaeda. The Islamic State of Somalia (ISS) is connected to IS and Mozambique has also witnessed the escalating threat from the IS.
In the recent Kumamboga Bomb blast, ISS claimed responsibility of the attack as Uganda police investigations goes on to discover the truth.
It’s one of the most feared and lethal terrorist group in the world founded by Abu Bakhar Al Baghdad with the aim of Islamising the world.