Museveni directs police to arm civilians


Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda


Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the police to train and arm civilians in various key institutions and markets across the country to enhance the ongoing fight against terrorism.

The Ugandan leader made the directive in a letter to the Joint Operations command. “All institutions should select a few of their staff members who will then undergo training on fire arm handling and usage,” read the letter.

The written directive which this website has obtained points out institutions like schools, universities, banks, churches, mosques as well as people working in markets and shopping malls to be armed.

The President says the recent terror threats that targets learning centers and institutions warrants such training and arming of ‘some’ civilians. Polly Namaye the Deputy Police Spokesperson says the police management is already in the process of identifying the persons who will be included in this scheme.

The identified persons will be recommended by the institutions and will be put on the police databases so as to ensure the force keeps track of their whereabouts.

Uganda has faced terror threats since 2010 when the Al-Shabaab bombed sports bars where people were watching the world cup finals.

Recently the United States Government said it had information of possible terror threats to locations frequented by Westerners in the Ugandan capital Kampala and warned that an attack could take place soon. The US Embassy in Kampala issued the warning in a statement posted on its website.

“The US Embassy has received information of possible terrorist threats to locations where westerners, including US citizens, congregate in Kampala, and that an attack may take place soon,” it said. Uganda is one of the countries that contribute forces to an African Union peacekeeping mission battling the Islamist militant group al Shabaab in Somalia.