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Uganda Appeals for South Sudan Power Sharing Deal

Zadock Amanyisa


Days after receiving credible intelligence information that the Somali based Al shabaab militant group is planning imminent attacks on schools, price colleges and universities in Uganda, sick officials at Kampala International University, more about Western Campus in Ishaka Bushenyi have found tightening security and purchasing of metal detectors more expensive than losing lives.

Despite being owned by one of the richest Ugandans, the Ishaka based University and hospital which accommodate up to 5,000 people every day and night lacks a metal detector and adequate staff for tight security.

KIU campus and its teaching hospital attract people from Uganda, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, and Middle East countries but security is still wanting.

In a survey that was made by a group of journalists on Monday, it was found that there’s free entry and exit without any security checks.

“Here it’s like we are not yet serious about security. We have been requesting the administration to give us metal detectors for over three months but nothing has been done. Even there’s understaffing in the security department,” said a policeman who preferred anonymity.

Mr Morris Barugahare, a watchman at the hospital main gate, “we only concentrate on checking people leaving the hospital to prevent acts of theft. We are not in any way prepared for terrorism.”


Another officer said cases of insecurity would at minimum if the two facilities were fenced off to control entrance and exit points.

There’s no adequate deployment of security personnel around the university and hospital.

“Here we have lived in fear, not knowing what could happen any time.  Vehicles are not checked. Anything is possible,” he added.

According to Mr Yasin Kyota, the officer in charge of security at the facility, requisitions for buying metal detectors were made long ago but are yet to be considered by the administration.

Police recently issued a statement, warning that higher institutions of learning are being targeted by terrorists.

The law enforcement body called for rigorous security checks to avoid attacks.

Speaking to ChimpReports recently, the KIU Western Campus Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Emmanuel Karooro said “security may not be all that thorough whereby the responsible people miss a point somewhere but they are doing their best to ensure safety of the population.”

He added: “We have security personnel who are in uniform and others not in uniform, plus informers who ensure that the place is safe from any attack. We are trying our best with our men at the gate and around the university.”
The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has pledged Government Commitment to support a conclusive peaceful resolution of the conflict in South Sudan.

He said President Museveni follows developments in Southern Sudan with a lot of interest and in the spirit of Pan Africanism.

Rugunda was meeting the Minister of Cabinet Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan, about it Dr. Martin Elia Lumoro, with whom they discussed a wide range of issues affecting the two countries on Tuesday.

He was accompanied by three officials from the Embassy of Southern Sudan in Kampala and the meeting took place in the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Prime Minister told his guests that all those outstanding issues should be sorted out to enable the people in Southern Sudan live in peace.

“The whole world is looking for a new South Sudan. People should live in peace, till their land and travel without fear of insecurity,” he said adding that there was no fundamental basis for war to continue in Southern Sudan.

Rugunda pledged Uganda Government’s commitment to assist Southern Sudan in sorting out all the outstanding issues.

“The sooner peace returns to Southern Sudan the better for the entire region,” he said.

The Prime Minister encouraged the two warring parties to give peace a chance, by agreeing on a realistic power sharing mechanism.

The South Sudan peace talks flopped several times in Ethiopia, with President Salva Kiir refusing to agree on sharing power with rebel leader, Dr Riek Machar.

Machar wants a transitional government which he will head and also maintain a parallel army within SPLA.

Thousands have perished in the escalation of fighting in South Sudan. Millions have been pushed to the edge of a hunger catastrophe.

On his part, the Minister of Cabinet Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan, Dr. Martin Elia Lumoro, briefed the Prime Minister about efforts being taken to pacify the entire country.

He particularly appreciated President Museveni’s interest and passion to have stability and development in Southern Sudan.

Dr. Lumoro informed the Premier that over the period of ten years after the signing of the peace agreement, his Government has tried to establish systems to facilitate good governance.

The Minister appreciated the assistance so far given by the member states in the region. He particularly called for more technical assistance and training in Records, Fleet and Civil Aviation management.

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