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Uganda beefs up security at all borders

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Uganda Police Defence Force military take a patrol near the eastern border with Kenya. Security has been beefed up at all border crossings into the country as the threat of terrorism heightens. File 

By Joseph Omolo, Felix Warom Okello, Martin Okudi & Robert Muhereza

Posted  Thursday, June 19  2014 at  09:54

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  • Al Shabaab militants have always vowed to harm Uganda, Kenya and Burundi for deploying soldiers to Somalia in Amisom's peacekeeping mission.
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Security has been beefed up at all border crossings into the country as the threat of terrorism heightens, following two fatal attacks on two Kenyan towns two days ago. Al Shabaab Islamic militants have always vowed to harm Uganda, Kenya and Burundi for deploying soldiers to Somalia in Amisom's peacekeeping mission.

In response, Uganda Police Force has regularly asked Ugandans to be vigilant.

An on-spot check yesterday revealed intensified security measures at the entry points in the country, with tighter screening of immigrants and security agencies engaged in both overt and covert manoeuvres.

Malaba

The officer in-charge of Malaba Central Police station, Mr Julius Jingo, yesterday said measures have been taken to ensure that terrorists do not use Malaba to enter the country. He said checks on travellers’ luggage, travel documents, vehicles and transit cargo have been strengthened to detect terrorists and objects they use to make bombs.

Mr Jingo said both the police and the intelligence teams have been deployed at various entry points to monitor and profile suspects. Surveillance has also been placed on video halls where football World Cup matches are being screened and lodges.

The Malaba Central Police Station commander said they have also scaled up community policing to sensitise communities on identification of suspects and suspicious materials. Mr Jingo appealed to video hall operators and proprietors of bars and lodges to ensure regular security checks.

Oraba/Elegu

In West Nile, the authorities and traders at West Nile border points of Elegu and Oraba are also on the alert. The officer in charge of Elegu border post, Mr Stephen Odongkara, said permanent deployment of security personnel has been made at strategic locations to avoid any illegal entry.

“We also liaise with South Sudan immigration officials to check those exiting Uganda,” Mr Odongkara said, adding that trucks and goods are also screened. However, traders plying the Arua-Juba route said they are not satisfied with the level of vigilance and security preparedness at the border.

Adjumani District police commander Andrew Kaggwa, said plain clothed intelligence officers have been deployed at the border and in the various refugee camps.

Katuna

Police spokesman for Kigezi region Elly Maate said police counter terrorism specialists have been deployed at Katuna, Kamwezi and Chanika towns which border Rwanda, adding that they are also deployed at Bunagana and Ishasha which border the DR Congo.

“We have intensified community mobilisation,” Mr Maate said.

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