The Joint Security Agencies (JSA) have reiterated their commitment to the safety of Ugandans, implementing both covert and overt policing tactics, including high visibility presence in various locations.
Uganda Police Spokesperson, SCP Enanga Fred says that collaborative efforts with private sector partners, critical infrastructure owners, places of worship, and educational institutions are ongoing to enhance security measures.
He told the media at Naguru Police Headquarters on Monday that intelligence sharing among the JSA aims to prevent targeted violence and terrorism.
The development follows a security advisory from the UK Embassy to its citizens residing in or planning to travel to Uganda.
The embassy has urged people to exercise caution and remain vigilant, particularly in crowded areas such as hotels, transport hubs, restaurants, and bars, and during major gatherings like sporting or religious events.
The advisory also emphasizes the need for caution near government buildings, security installations, and police stations.
The UK Embassy’s alert, while lacking specific details about the nature of the threats, highlights the importance of maintaining a proactive stance against potential terrorist activities.
Despite the general nature of the information provided, Enanga says that Ugandan Joint Security Agencies are utilizing the advisory to assess potential risks and determine the appropriate security response.
While the alert does not disclose specific terrorist groups or imminent threats, it is crucial to acknowledge the existing threat posed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) who recently attacked Lhubirira Secondary School, resulting in the tragic loss of innocent lives.
Security agencies say that significant efforts have been made to dismantle their bases in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and eliminate their domestic cells in Uganda.
“In addition, our Joint Intelligence components continue to share information and intelligence, to prevent all forms of targeted violence and terrorism. For instance, on 29.06.2023 at around 11:30 am, 3 ADF suspects were put out of action during a gunfire exchange, at their hideout in Toonde village, Nsala Parish Lwamate sub-county, in Kiboga district. An SMG rifle with 25 rounds of ammunition was recovered at the scene,” said Enanga.
He urged the public to report any unusual or suspicious activities to the police, as every piece of information can be vital.
Law enforcement authorities also made an arrest of a suspect named Adomat Christopher, a resident of Arua district, who was found in possession of suspected explosives.
“We also arrested one Adomat Christopher a 42-year-old resident of Bazaar cell, Arua district with a consignment of suspected explosives, that he was attempting to smuggle through Mutukula on the 26.06.2023 at 4:00 pm. He claims they were given by a Tanzanian businessman only known as Donald, for him to transport them to the DRC for gold mines,” added Enanga.
He promised that the Joint Security Agencies will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the security and well-being of Ugandans.