Gen. Kayihura: Terrorists Arrested In Kenya Planned To Bomb Uganda
IGP Lt Gen Kale Kayihura has revealed terrorists are changing their tactics as they target Uganda, particularly Kampala, for destruction ahead of the 50th Anniversary celebrations in October.
Kayihura quoted intelligence reports, saying terrorists are bribing young people to “stage demonstrations expressing their dissatisfaction over certain issues and the terrorists join them with guns to shoot at their target.”
Speaking to press at Police Forensic Laboratory Headquarters in Naguru, Kampala on Sunday, Kayihura said:
“We have information that some terrorists have been arrested in Kenya at their suicide base. They were heading to Uganda to accomplish their deadly mission come Independence Day.”
“We interrogated them and they revealed that they had been paid by Alshabaab and were supposed to enter Uganda on the night of Friday,” said Kayihura.
Kenya on Friday busted a ring of terrorists hiding at a residence in Eastleigh.
They were in possession of bombs, AK 47 rifles, several rounds of ammunition and bomb-laden suicide vests.
The Uganda police boss now says these terrorists admitted to changing tactics and were to execute their work through mobilizing demonstrations before detonating explosions in Uganda.
The Police boss maintained that Uganda has survived terrorism for the last two years because of vigilance, adding, he would not tolerate “anyone who tries to bring politics in security.”
Kayihura expressed shock that during his patrols in the city, he discovered that several nightspots have ignored security precautions, citing Kabalagala, Kisementi in Kamwokya among others as examples.
He called upon politicians not to politicize the issue of terrorism as it is real.
”Nobody should play politics in this. Terrorism is not political and we should know that this time these people are serious. Armed terrorists are using the cover of protests with objective of shooting and causing terror.”
Kayihura gave an example of the attack on the US Embassy in Libya early this week in which ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed by armed militants.
“I have got information that terrorists are acquiring uniforms similar to that of Uganda Police to commit all kinds of crime including shooting at the public. By the virtue of the authority given to me by the Constitution of Uganda, I will not allow this to happen,” said Kayihura.
He revealed that for the last three days, the Police council sat and reached an understanding on putting an end to the rise in the number of road accidents in the country.
The council found out that there are no recognized driving schools in the country that meet the international standards which has hugely contributed to accidents.
Kayihura added KCCA and the Ministry of Works and Transport are also to blame for increased road accidents for failing to put in place adequate road sign posts.
He added many accidents are attributed to drink-driving, urging the media to adopt the culture of naming and shaming the people who drive under the influence of alcohol.
He also noted that the council resolved that helmets in the case of Boda boda accidents be reinstated.
On combating crime, Kayihura said officers with potbellies would be fired, saying they are incapable of chasing and apprehending criminals.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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