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Liberation Day Fete: Massive Counter Terrorism Operation Underway in Busia, Malaba

Police and the army have conducted a security operation at Busia and Malaba border points ahead of celebrations to mark the 33rd Liberation Day celebrations, scheduled to take place on January 26.

The event is commemorated annually to remember the day when the National Resistance Movement (NRM) leadership came into power in 1986.

The Bukedi Regional Police Commander, Mr Cissy Tusingwire, said the operation was a preventive measure to avert any likely attack from terrorists during or after the celebrations.

“The security has already been beefed ahead of the celebrations to prevent any attack like what happened in our neighboring country, Kenya last week,” he said at the weekend.

The Somalia – based militant group Alshabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on the Dusit office and hotel complex in Kenya, which left 21 people died.

Earlier, two pubs in Busia town were closed by the security agencies led by police, officers of the internal security and the operatives from the chieftaincy of military intelligence.

The closed pubs included Nalongo and Pass word after they found without operating without any security measures.

The RPC, Mr Tusingwire, confirmed the closure of the bars and said they operating below the security measures and guards protecting the bars were not armed.

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“The aim of checking at the entrance is to ensure that criminals do not sneak in with dangerous weapons into premises and the guards have to be armed because they are supposed to engage the criminals with the direct fire,” he said.

He said as security, they have patrolled along the border line in Busia and Malaba to establish the various porous points, where they have deployed both uniform and plain cloth officers at various check points.

Bars closed 

Chimp Corps say at Busia and Malaba customs points, personnel from the counter terrorism police with sniffer dogs, were checking buses and cars entering the country from Kenya.

While at Busitema checkpoint, officers from the bomb squad and the army were checking passenger vehicles and trucks to ensure criminals who may have entered the country through the various ungazetted routes are arrested.

“The threat of terror attack in the region is high and we are to maintain this vigilance until we are sure there are no further threats,” Mr Tusingwire said.

The Resident district commissioner, Tororo district, Mr Nixon Owole, said the preparation for the liberations, which will be graced by President Museveni as guest of honour, are in high gear.

“The preparations are going on smoothly and people of Tororo should count themselves lucky to host the event,’’ Mr. Owole said.

He further revealed that a total of 115 Ugandans have been listed to receive medals of different categories in recognition of the roles they have played in the liberation and transformation of the country.

Among them include former Tororo Municipality MP Sanjay Tanna, Ignatius Okiror [former Tororo district LC5vice chairperson], Paul Sande Emolot [the premier of Iteso Cultural Institution], Josel Obbo Emmanuel the Jago of Padhola, among others and over 10,000 people are expected to attend.

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