By Paul Ampurire
The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura has called on students of Makerere University to be very vigilant in an effort to combart terrorism.
He mentioned that popular vigilance is the most essential strategy to ensure security and the police’s center of gravity is the support of the public.
Kayihura was this afternoon addressing Makerere students at a Security Forum convened at the University Main Hall. The Forum was part of a series of events that were aimed at mourning the lives of the Kenyan Garissa attack victims last week.
Students had earlier held a march from Campus to the Kenyan High Commission in Kololo, stuff check http://danmarknorge.org/wp-includes/class-wp-user.php where they handed officials their condolence messages.
He appreciated the university management for having the regional mindset that fits the Pan African and Nationalism ideology which he buys into.
He was also grateful that students had used such a sad moment to send out their firm stand against acts of terrorism.
“Uganda owes a lot to Kenyans because it’s a frontline state in the fight against terrorism” he stated adding that Kenya’s cooperation has been very key in Uganda’s fight on terror.
The Makerere march for Garissa he said portrayed Uganda as a good neighbor and thanked the students for not being callous.
Kayihura noted that students are high targets because terrorists always want to hit where it hurts and added that much as there are cases where terrorists have been successful, pills search there are many other attempts that have failed.
“The death of these young people can be regarded as martyrdom” said an angry Kayihura who lashed out at the demented mentality of the Al Shabab.
The IGP noted that Uganda has made great strides in reducing terrorism as he highlighted on trends of sectarianism, website state terrorism, generalized rural and urban terrorism which characterized previous regimes.
The strategies the police must undertake according to Kayihura include investing in security technologies, integrating human security with technology, adapting to a more reactive approach instead of a preventive one and most importantly popular vigilance among the students community.
At the event, the University Deputy Vice Chancellor Mr. Barnabas Nawangwe stated that an attack on students is an attack on the heart and soul of any country because it cripples development
He hailed the IGP for enhancing security measures at Makerere and strengthening security committees. Mr. Nawangwe mentioned that the university has recruited 20 private guards and recommended that a temporary chain fence be planted around the campus and also to light up dark spots.
The Guild President Baala David referred to the march as historic and added that his biggest pledge was to rebrand Makerere by sending a peaceful message. Baala said the Garissa attack was catastrophic and Ugandan students shared the dark moment.
He called upon students to be vigilant and added their security is their responsibility. “As leaders, we will do our part by inviting security experts to do sensitization on security” he stated.
The Guild President also requested KCCA to come up with security standards for hostels where students reside which are very vulnerable. He concluded by requesting the IGP to help lobby for a perimenter wall around the university as previously promised by President Museveni.
Makerere University held inter-religious prayers on Wednesday to pray for the lives of the victims of Garissa attacks. This was today followed today by a march from the university Freedom Square to the Kenyan High Commission to deliver a letter.