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UK, U.S. Alert Citizens amid Uganda Anti-terror Crackdown

Sunday is naturally the calmest day, viagra sale and so, visit this site many people who don’t fancy church sermons like myself, viagra buy get to oversleep until we are virtually forcing ourselves to.


My day on Sundays normally doesn’t commence before 10am.


When the light is too sharp in the window, a piece of towel tied around the face will suffice. That’s what the Holy Book says we should do. Rest.


On this particular Sunday however, about a fortnight ago, things turned out a little different.


There wouldn’t be much of the snoring because my noisy neighbors were out of bed by 6 o’clock to discuss a certain pertinent topic.


The women talked, chuckled, argued for minutes, much to my dismay.

Mother of God! Did they forget what day of the week it was?!


I tried relentlessly to ignore their noises until my ears suddenly caught something to do with ‘bare buttocks.’


I kicked the beddings and slowly tiptoed to the door to eavesdrop. It was our neighbor Mama Nakalema these women were gossiping about.


Later in the heat of this mad affair which seemed to go on and on, I decided to join in.

Now this is the point where gossiping turns unisex.


I called aside Mama Esther and begged to be briefed fast, who was this naked man in Mama Nakalema’s house?


“We also don’t know him. He came all the way from Rakai looking for his younger sister named Sylvia. We told him there was no such a person in this vicinity. Have you heard of that name around here?”


“Nope. I don’t think I have”


“But, his further descriptions of the sister seemed to somehow match with Mama Nakalema, who at that time was at work.


So, we showed him her house where he sat outside from lunch time to evening.


Realizing he was knackered and worn out and Mama Naka wasnt showing up, I later told him the keys were up in the ventilator. He entered, took a shower, grabbed several pieces of bread, found one of the children’s beds and fell to slumber.


Mama Nakalema and her husband returned at midnight to find their door unlocked and a few baggages in the living room.


They scouted the house and landed on our friend lying in the children’s room, all bared. Poor thing, he must have been really exhausted. He even forgot to cover himself up.


Mama Nakalema was the first to make an alarm that got him jumping out of sleep.


“Who are you?” asked perplexed man, as he fumbled to wrap a bed sheet around his hairy bums.


“We should be asking you the same question. Who are you and what are you doing in our house,” charged Tata Nakalema,


Well, the guy narrated his story and it turned out the Sylvia he was looking for was known in the area as Mama Kim, who had relocated to Makindye some months back.


Luckily he was allowed to spend a night there and in the morning directed to where his sister moved.”


“Whoops! Interesting stuff there,” I mumbled, stretching my arms in the cold morning breeze.


Now the story was over, and my clock read 7:05. I still had more than two hours of sleep to catch up with.


But, as I laid down sinking in this whole rumpus, it hit me that almost every woman around me was a Mama-so and so.


I realized in fact that, I knew none of these so-called friends of mine by their actual names; first or last, having lived with them for three years.


A bit of cultural shock it was. Back in my village in Ibanda, people are known by their real names: Nankunda Agnes, Kyasimire Ruth, Bahendwa Monica, I could list 50 of them from our small village. Why by the grace of God, do these urban (or rather peri-urban) women prefer being named after their babies instead?


A few days later i set out to interrogate each of these mama-somethings of mine, one at a time, why their true names were silent.


First was mama Moze and her reason was superstition. She said in her tradition first names are used to channel witchcraft to people.

“You cannot know my full names when we are not relatives or really, really close friends,” she said, “Especially not here in Kampala. You never know where your neighbor comes from!”


Another Mama Stella, said being named by her children makes her feel fulfilled and respected as a mother.

“I didn’t go to school. I don’t have a profession, my children are the best title that i can be given.”


Yet Mama Esther took it a notch higher: “I came here (in Kampala) to lay eggs, and it’s by those eggs that I must be named!”


If there was a nearby stash of 20,000s on me, I would have handed it over right away!
United Kingdom and United States have put their citizens in Uganda on high alert, viagra 40mg saying, clinic “there is a high threat from terrorism” and that “attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers”

In a travel advice issued Sunday, UK Foreign Office said “large crowds of people and public places may be targeted.”

The warning comes at a time when Uganda’s security services are conducting a massive counter terrorism sweep in Kampala’s suburbs in which over 100 illegal immigrants have been arrested.

Police on Saturday tightened security in social places in Kampala after suspected terrorists were apprehended.

While police did not provide the number of apprehended suspects, the U.S. Embassy in Kampala said in a statement that “Ugandan authorities reported the discovery of an Al Shabaab terrorist cell in Kampala.”

Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura said in a statement Saturday night that “a number of suspects belonging to a terrorist group have been arrested, and explosive materials which were meant to be used recovered.”

He described the joint security operation which “foiled a terrorist attack” as “successful,” adding, “While the operation is still ongoing, we are taking the precautionary measures” which include increasing vigilance of security at all public places, in particular vulnerable places such as hotels, shopping malls and supermarkets; markets, tourist sites, places of worship and other places of entertainment.

Kayihura said Police are increasing patrols in the city, major towns, and other vulnerable places.

“All RPCs and DPCs have been ordered to mobilize crime preventers for purposes of gathering information, and for reinforcing police patrols.”

Kayihura further pointed out that counter terrorism teams have been activated to raise awareness in the public and give tips on how to detect terrorists and terror objects and ordered immediately to go on radio and other media for this purpose.


The UK government urged its citizens to “be vigilant at all times, especially in crowded areas and public places like transport hubs, hotels, restaurants and bars, and during major gatherings like sporting or religious events,” adding, “Previous terrorist attacks in the region have targeted places where football matches are being viewed.”

The U.S. also said overnight the Embassy in Kampala has continued to track developments related to the al-Shabaab terrorist plot and to coordinate with Ugandan authorities.

“We are updating our assessment of the security situation. Although all government actions have moved forward effectively and, to this point, without violence, we believe it is prudent for all U.S. citizens to continue to shelter-in-place until we are able to reassess the risk of citizens inadvertently being caught up in operational activity,” reads part of the U.S. warning.


The attack on the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya on 21 September 2013 was a reminder of the threat posed across the East Africa region by the Somali based Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabaab.

In 2010 there were bomb attacks in Kampala at venues screening the World Cup final, one explosion at a restaurant in Kabalagala and two at a rugby club in Lugogo, killing over 70 people and injuring many more.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility, the first major terrorist attacks it had carried out outside Somalia. Al-Shabaab linked the attacks to Uganda’s military presence in Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping mission, and threatened further attacks in the region.

The Ugandan authorities remain concerned about the possibility of a further attack and have issued a number of alerts warning of a heightened risk of terrorism, including at the beginning of July, about a possible threat against Entebbe airport.

Kayihura said the public should not panic.

“You continue going about their businesses but should exercise extra vigilance and report any suspicious or abnormal movements in your vicinity to the nearest police other security personnel or local council official. The Police will issue hotlines in addition to the existing ones at various divisions within the City and major towns.”

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