Crime & Investigation

EXCLUSIVE: UCU Targeted by Al Shabaab Terrorists

Uganda Christian University

President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned the Kenya private sector entities engaging in corruption that their days are numbered.

The President said there was no turning back on the anti-graft drive which he has started and the fight will address all aspects of the vice.

He said corruption was not a ‘one-way street’ and where there is a corrupt public official there must be a corrupt private sector member.

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“Corruption is a two-way street. I have given directives to the Attorney General to amend our laws so that those who pay bribes are also targeted, sildenafil prosecuted and jailed. The law should reflect that the giver is as guilty as the taker, store ” he said.

The President said companies that are proven to have given a bribe will be blacklisted and will never participate in Government tendering processes.

President Kenyatta said the amendment will also include provisions that will allow the prosecutor to freeze the account of corruption suspects so that the corrupt do not use their ill-gotten wealth to obstruct justice.

“If found guilty, adiposity a suspect’s assets will be seized to recover what was stolen from the public,” President Kenyatta said.

The President spoke Friday at State House during the 4th Presidential Roundtable that brings together the Executive and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa).

The Head of State said besides the ‘reality of corruption’, there was the ‘perception of justice’ and there were companies that engage in practices that create perceptions of corruption to defeat genuine competition.

Such companies include those who use courts to sabotage tendering processes where they have lost through a fair process.

“If you lodge a case in court and it is proved that you filed the case just to sabotage your competitor, you will be blacklisted and you will never participate in any tendering process in Kenya,” said the President.

Deputy President William Ruto said the Jubilee administration was ready to pay any price to rid the Government of corruption. “Every public official must account and measure up to the integrity test. Either you work as a public servant or you go and do private things,” he said.

The Deputy President emphasised that there will be no half-measures in the fight against corruption and the private sector should also measure up to the integrity test.

The President and the DP spoke at the end of the Kepsa Presidential Roundtable meeting whose aim is to improve Kenya’s business environment.

The chairman of Kepsa, Mr Vimal Shah, said the association supports the Government’s anticorruption drive and was ready to play its role in making Kenya corruption free. “Investors love destinations that are corruption-free because they are assured that their money will compete in a fair environment,” he said.

On the agenda of the Presidential Roundtable were issues ranging from taxation on raw materials to how the private sector was benefitting from bilateral agreements Kenya has entered into since President Kenyatta came into office.

The private sector, which is now pleased with the reduced cost of power, was challenged to lower the price of the products since the cost of production has gone down. The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretaries and senior government officials.
The Al Shabaab terrorists are planning a heavy attack on Uganda Christian University (UCU) in Mukono off Kampala-Jinja road, stuff ChimpReports exclusively reports.

The area police station has been beefed up with intelligence and counter-terrorism personnel to protect the institution from falling into the hands of the Islamist militants.

On Friday afternoon, purchase a squad of over 40 anti-terrorism officers who were armed to the teeth, were deployed in and out of the campus, which describes itself as the ‘centre of excellence in the heart of Africa.’

“UCU is being guarded by police with the support of other security agencies. It is being targeted because it’s a Christian school,” said a highly placed security officer on Saturday morning.

The latest report comes just a day after Police boss, Gen Kayihura warned that a school along Jinja road is being targeted for destruction by terrorists.

“We have received intelligence information that Al Shabaab are planning an attack on a Ugandan school along the Kampala-Jinja Highway,” Kayihura told journalists on Friday evening during an urgent press briefing in Kampala.

“We can’t take this information lightly and we are working closely with universities, secondary and primary schools to ensure students are safe but we think this should not be limited to schools in Kampala only but throughout the country.”

While security at schools has been reinforced, the largest deployment is at UCU.

Sources said Kayihura is aware about the plot to attack UCU but that he did not want to create anxiety among students at the campus and their parents.

Al Shabaab fighters on Thursday morning raided Garissa University College in North Eastern Kenya, killing at least 147 students. Muslim students were spared by the militants.

The horrific attack has since sent shockwaves across East Africa.

UCU was founded when the historic Bishop Tucker Theological College was promoted as a university in 1997.

The College trained clergy and educators during its 84-year history from 1913-1997. The local chief, Hamu Mukasa, granted land for the college to operate in Mukono.

The Church Mission Society teamed with Ugandan leaders and others to assure the College had the necessary intellectual and other capital.

By the late 1990s, the Church of Uganda sought to have a broader impact on society through the higher education – not only of clergy but of other professionals as well thus the creation of UCU.

The institution is still run on Christian principles, making it a legitimate targeted for attacks by radical Islamic groups.

Administrators told this website today that the better part of staff left university  for the Easter holiday and that this semester has very few students.

“There is too much security, I don’t think terrorists will go ahead and attack. May be their plans have been discovered by security,” said an administrator who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.

Gen Kayihura has since called for vigilance in defeating terrorism.

“In fact if we had an active and vigilant crime prevention system in Kiwatule, the murder of Joan Kagezi wouldn’t have happened. It was still day time and the people around ought to have noticed and either prevented or at least arrested the killers,” the IGP noted.


Meanwhile, police have heightened security in public places especially nightclubs, shopping malls, hospitals, ministries among others.

Kayihura said he has directed traffic police to ensure they do away with traffic jam during the festive season through creating diversion routes, adding that check points are to be stationed in different places along the highways.

On the attacks in Northern Kenya, the Ugandan police chief observed: “The lessons we learnt from the incident include becoming more vigilant because it’s the same group of insurgents threatening us otherwise our Kenyan counterparts are not to blame for the attacks.”

Kayihura urged places of worship including churches, mosques; commercial and entertaining places to be security cautious during the festive season.

“Together with sister security agencies we shall carryout operations, deployment and patrols in a bid to strengthen security in all parts of the country,” Kayihura urged.

A few weeks ago, the police issued warning on an impending attack by terrorists that was set for March 26.


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