By Steven Candia
The police yesterday put on halt all leave and pass leave for its officers. It also issued a red alert on terrorism in security circles, indicating the possibility of an imminent attack.
In issuing the alert, the police management also placed all its personnel on standby class one; ready to respond to any eventuality, with emphasis on SWAT teams, Counter Terrorism and Field Force units.
A red alert is issued in security circles when an attack by the enemy seems imminent. Since the Westgate incident in Kenya, the police has issued alerts, warning of a potential attack.
The alert was backed by another issued by the US Embassy on Wednesday, warning of a Westgate-like attack. The embassy reminded Ugandans to exercise vigilance and avoid venues that attract crowds.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda also said yesterday that the army was aware of the situation and was ready to move in when needed.
Police spokesperson Judith abakooba said yesterday that officers deployed on patrol must exercise the highest level of vigilance and alertness.
Nabakooba said the Police had increased its community policing and counterterrorism measures in a bid to avert an attack, but called on the public to be equally vigilant. She added that they had increased deployments in the city, especially at strategic points and public places, leaving nothing to chance.
Yesterday, the Police, led by the Kampala East Regional Metropolitan Police commander, Alison Agaba and Jinja Road Police Divisional commander Wesley Nganizi toured the Forest Mall and Lugogo Shopping Mall that houses both Game and Shoprite supermarkets to assess the security there.
On September 21, Alshabaab terrorists raided Westgate Mall, leaving 67 people dead and hundreds injured. Following the incident, the Uganda Police issued an alert after Martin Muller alias Ahmed Khaled, a terrorist of German origin, reportedly sneaked into the country.