Police warns Opposition politicians over terror threats
Police has warned opposition politicians of an impending terror strike against them by the Al Shabaab militants.
Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura wrote to all all opposition politicians on May 22nd, claiming that he had received credible information that the Somali-based terror group had infiltrated the country and could strike anytime.
Uganda Radio Network has seen copies of letters written to FDC President Kiiza Besigye, Former JEEMA President Kibirige Mayanja, Conservative Party President, John Ken Lukyamuzi, DP President Norbert Mao, Uganda Federal Alliance President, Beti Olive Kamya, Peoples Progressive Party, Jaberi Bidandi Ssali, and People's Development Party leader Abed Bwanika.
However, there was no letter written to NRM politicians.
The letter urges the opposition politicians to take extra precaution for their personal security at home, at work, social and business engagements.
Yesterday police released the names of a Somali national Sulaiman Hassan who is said to have crossed into the country about three weeks ago with suicide bombers. Police has asked local people to be on the lookout for this terrorist and inform the police in-case of anything.
Uganda Federal Alliance President, Beti Kamya confirmed receiving the letter from Gen. Kaihura but dismissed it as a big rotten rat. Kamya explained that it was strange that Al Shabab should target Opposition politicians who did not take the Army to Somalia and were never party to arresting Al Shabab bombers.
However, when asked whether she had taken precaution, Kamya wondered what precaution she could take against someone throwing a bomb at her car. Kamya, who sounded unbothered by the police terror warning added that death was in the hands of God.
Uganda maintains a heavy military presence in Somalia as part of the African Union peace keeping mission. Burundi is the other country which deployed its troops in the war-ravaged country.
In July 2010, a twin terror attack in Kampala left over 80 people dead. Al Shabab claimed responsibility for the attacks adding that it was a warning to the Ugandan government to withdraw its forces from Somalia.