Inspector General of Police Gen Kayihura has trumpeted a terror alert and cautioned all his commanders and all Ugandans to be on the lookout.
Gen Kayihura announced Wednesday night that a terror group is plotting to launch an attack targeting majorly police stations and possibly other areas where people are expected to gather for Charismas festivities.
The IGP made the announcement at a Christmas dinner at the police headquarters in Naguru, held in particular recognition of Police athletes that participated in the recently concluded Kigezi Marathon.
By press time,details were still scanty of the said terror group. Mr Kayihura said that information about the planned attack came late but assured that the force was prepared to deal with any situation that arises.
This site understands that through the night the IGP was engaged in high level meetings with top commanders of the police and the national forces to ensure that the country is not caught off guard as was the case in 2010, where more than 80 people lost their lives Alshabaab orchestrated twin bomb attacks in Lugogo and Kabalagala.
Kayihura who only partly attended the party, instructed the Police Anti terrorism team to intensify their operations day and night.
All police commanders and were asked to spread messages through media and other avenues, giving out tips to all Ugandans on how to detect potential terrorist.
“When you see someone wearing a long coat when it’s not cold, you should be suspicious. Stop him and check him. You are the police,” ordered the Police head.
“The business of putting on your uniforms during the day and then disappearing in the night must stop. You have to stand guard, at all times.”
The threats come at the backdrop of simultaneous terror attacks in neighboring Kenya by the Somali based Islamism Alshabaab group.
The latest of such attacks at the beginning of this month left about 30 people dead in Mandera and Wajir, compelling the country IGP David Kmaiyo to resign his job.
While Speaking at Kenya’s Independence Day celebrations in the capital Nairobi however, President Yoweri Museveni described the Alshabaab attacks as “disparate,” having been defeated in most of their stronghold in Somalia.
Museveni nonetheless called for support and solidarity in the fight against terrorists adding that Kenya must enhance the ability to detect and trace the activities that cause insecurity in order to manage well intended attacks.
He reminded the people of Kenya that without security, development is compromised.