Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has issued stringent security guidelines for all public places across the city to avert possible terror attacks.
This is after security agencies raised concern that Kampala remains largely relaxed despite a growing terror threat to the country.
Speaking to KFM, KCCA spokesperson Simon Kasyate said all KCCA staff manning strategic installations and places of identity like parks and markets are directed to increase their vigilance.
Kasyate says in some places manpower has been increased working closely with sister security agencies to ensure stability in the city.
“The safety of the people in Kampala has always been a top priority with or without a terror alert. We’ve been urged by security agencies in government about the terror attacks,” Kasyate said.
Security agencies are concerned that Kampala remains relaxed despite a growing terror threat to the country. This has prompted police in Kampala to ask business owners to enhance their local security.
This week, the joint security force detected and detonated 6 Improvised Explosive Devices in different parts of the city, hence calling for more vigilance among the community.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Mr. Patrick Onyango says Police surveillance and presence have been increased in public places such as bus terminals and taxi parks, but urges owners of shopping malls and arcades to also take the initiative to beef up their security.
Yesterday, security agencies at the Uganda-DR Congo border in Kasese District temporarily closed the Mpondwe- Lhubiriha border market over terror threats
This, according to Lt Maate Magwara, the deputy resident commissioner of Bukonzo County, was after security operatives received intelligence reports that armed groups may attempt to carry out an attack in the area.
Earlier, the United States urged its citizens to reconsider travelling to Uganda after terror alerts were issued by security agencies.
The US categorizes security threats into four levels; level three is the second worst situation.
Other countries with level three categorization include Colombia, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Pakistan, and Nicaragua.