Uganda’s President Museveni Calls For Vigilance Amid Rising Terrorism Threats
Addressing the Nation Amidst Rising Security Concerns
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has recently called upon citizens to remain alert due to a noticeable rise in terrorism threats. In a national address, he emphasized that all visitors should undergo thorough screening before being admitted into places of worship and recreational facilities. The President added that individuals perceived as “strange” or unfamiliar should not be allowed into places of worship such as churches and mosques. Instead, these individuals should be reported to the police.
Hotel and Lodge Operators and the Role of Vigilance
In the same address, President Museveni urged the operators of hotels and lodges to meticulously record the details of people who visit their premises. He stressed the importance of ensuring these individuals provide valid identification, complete with photographs. This call to action comes in the face of potential threats posed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants. The President urged citizens to stay calm, emphasizing that security forces are actively pursuing these militants.
A Call for Caution Amidst Potential Terrorism Threats
President Museveni went on to encourage people to remain cautious, but calm in the face of potential terrorism threats. He acknowledged the fear and concern among the populace but assured them that the security forces are working tirelessly to curb the situation. He further urged the citizens to cooperate with security agencies by reporting any suspicious activities or individuals to the police. This, he said, would significantly assist in thwarting potential security threats.
Recent Incidents Stirring Security Concerns
The President’s address comes in the wake of several thwarted terrorist attempts allegedly organized by the ADF. The police apprehended a 28-year-old man suspected of entering a church in Rubaga with an improvised explosive device (IED). The authorities defused six such devices, one in Nateete and another in Bunamwaya. President Museveni affirmed that security agencies were aware of the planners of these attacks and were now pursuing the executors.
Maintaining Calm in the Face of Threats
President Museveni, who also serves as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, urged Ugandans not to panic and assured them of their safety despite the terror threats. He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to maintaining peace and security in the country. He again urged the public to cooperate with the authorities by reporting any suspicious activities or individuals to the police.
In a time of heightened security concerns, the message from Uganda’s President is clear: vigilance and cooperation with security agencies are crucial. While acknowledging the threat posed by militants, he assures the public that the situation is under control and the security forces are doing everything in their power to neutralize these threats. The President’s call for calm amidst the potential threat of terrorism underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of its citizens.
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