Kayihura: Al Shabaab Plan to Bomb Ugandan School

In the wake of the attack on Garissa University College on Thursday morning that left more than 140 students dead and scores injured, generic discount the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura has revealed that the Al Shabaab militants are planning a similar attack on a Ugandan school.

“We have received intelligence information that Al Shabaab are planning an attack on a Ugandan school along the Kampala-Jinja Highway, ” Kayihura told journalists on Friday evening during an urgent press briefing.

“We can’t take this information lightly and we are working closely with universities, secondary and primary schools to ensure students are safe but we think this should not be limited to schools in Kampala only but throughout the country.”

According to the police chief, all institutions of learning  should make use of the security committees put in place which he said will be overseen by the respective officers in charge of police stations.

“The issue is not the alert but assurance of security through vigilance. In fact if we had an active and vigilant crime prevention system in Kiwatule, the murder of Joan Kagezi wouldn’t have happened. It was still day time and the people around ought to have noticed and either prevented or at least arrested the killers,” the IGP noted.

The Police boss said he has directed traffic police to ensure they do away with traffic jam during the festive season through creating diversion routes adding that check points are to be stationed in different places throughout the highways.

On the attacks in Northern Kenya, the Ugandan police chief said it was tragic a manner in which the Garissa students were killed adding there is need for regional cooperation in combating such attacks.

“The lessons we learnt from the incident include becoming more vigilant because it’s the same group of insurgents threatening us otherwise our Kenyan counterparts are not to blame for the attacks.”


Kayihura urged places of worship including churches, mosques; commercial and entertaining places to be security cautious during the festive season.

“Together with sister security agencies we shall carryout operations, deployment and patrols in a bid to strengthen security in all parts of the country,” Kayihura urged.

A few weeks ago, the police issued warning on an impending attack by terrorists that was set for March 26.



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