Kasese, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Security personnel in Kasese district have warned residents to avoid travelling at night. The warning follows two separate bomb explosions on Saturday and Monday.
On Saturday, an explosion went off at Digida pork joint in Komamboga, killing one person. Two days later, an explosive device went off inside a Swift Bus as it travelled through Lungala in Mpigi district.
Ismail Kaawo, the Rwenzori East acting regional police spokesperson says that the police and sister agencies have intensified operations to deal with suspected criminals in the region and residents who will not adhere to the directives.
According to Kaawo, Kasese being a border district is prone to infiltration of wrong elements from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC. He says the operations are also meant to curb the increasing cases of robbery.
Kaawo said security forces are also intensifying monitoring surveillance around hotels, taxi, bus parks and market places. He also asked transport operators to desist from picking passengers along the way.
The Kasese Resident District Commissioner- RDC, Lt. Joe Walusimbi says they are aware that some people have been faulting the Covid-19 regulations including disobeying the curfew hours but they have re-enforced their operations.
There is a visible increase in the security measures and the vigilance of the security personnel in the district especially around the bus and taxi parks.
Jockus Matise, the chairperson taxi drivers say they have heightened their surveillance to ensure there is safety of both the operators and passengers. He is also asking the government to provide public places with metal detectors.
Last week, a joint Uganda security team arrested 13 suspects it alleges are members or linked to the Allied Democratic Force (ADF), a designated terrorist group which the Islamic State in Central Africa Province (ISCAP) confirmed as an affiliate in 2019.
The men were apprehended in various operations in Paidha town in Zombo district, Njeru near Jinja city and in Kasese municipality.