Uganda Police forms Terrorism Unit


Fred Enanga, Uganda Police Spokesman


In the wake of increased terrorism activities and violent crimes in the East African region, the Uganda Police has established a Special Operation and Intelligence unit within the force with the aim of increasing its capacity to handle violent extremism cases like terrorism and high profile murders.

Based in Jinja, in Eastern Uganda the unit will operate as a permanent unit in the police structures under the leadership of the Joint Operations Command (JOC), chaired by the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura.
The unit was initially set up as a one stop intelligence center to investigate murders in Busoga and the existence of alleged terrorist cells.

The Spokesperson of the Uganda Police Force Fred Enanga told this website that the unit, established under the section 6(1) (f) of the Police Act, is an anti-crime unit with specialized personnel from all security agencies like Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Internal Security Organization (ISO) and the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).

The provision gives the Inspector General of Police powers through the Police Council to make standing orders on specialized units, their structures and command.
“The unit will fill the expertise gap in the police by pooling talent, skills and knowledge from different agencies. It is divided into four components which include; the technical data analysis, intelligence, operation teams and interrogation experts,” Enanga said
Meanwhile, over 30 senior Muslim clerics have been arrested in Uganda since the beginning of the year on murder and terror related charges, a move that has caused tension within the 12 million-strong Muslim community in Uganda.
The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, who is the leader of Muslims in Uganda, now wants security agencies to end the indiscriminate arrest of Muslim clerics across the country.

Addressing members of the Muslim community during joint reconciliation prayers at Nusrat grounds in Mbarara, Mubaje demanded that all individuals linked to subversive activities be investigated, and a thorough scrutiny of intelligence information conducted before their arrest.

The plea also comes after the recent arrest of 10 Muslim clerics suspected to be responsible for the killing of fellow Muslim leaders in different parts of the country.
They include Sheik Yunus Kamoga, the leader of Tabliq sect in Uganda, Murta Bukenya, Fahad Kayondo, Swamaddu Ssegi, Abdul Kikubira and Sula Semambo.

The Joint Juma prayers were aimed at uniting Muslim sects, and the Mufti said the ongoing arrests and closure of Madrasa schools was causing rifts within the Muslim community.