Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has issued tough guidelines following recent bomb attacks by the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
Speaking on Thursday, September 7, Museveni directed all the religious leaders to lock out strangers from entering churches and mosques as the government plans to counter ADF attacks.
“Don’t allow anybody you don’t know to enter your church or mosque without challenging them and contacting the police.
We have been hunting ADF, many of them ran away and they are not known in their areas. They are using strangers in these areas,” said Museveni.
Museveni to Ugandans
Further, Museveni asked locals to be vigilant and question people they don’t know.
“For the Ugandans, as we are hunting these people in Congo, your job is question anybody you don’t know in your area and inform the police,” stated Museveni.
The president revealed that questioning strangers suppressed ADF previous plans in one of the towns.
Also, at the same time, he informed the police to interrogate individuals visiting places of worship and not to leave anything to chance.
Hotels & Bars
Museveni directed all hotels and lodges to take particulars of all customers adding the terrorists must spend the night in these areas.
“Hotel receptionists must not allow anybody to make any bookings without showing their Identification Cards and pictures which are then recorded,” he said.
The president directed the police to train receptionists and hotel owners in confirming the credentials to ensure the particulars are original and belong to the customer.
“Like this one that had planted two bombs, one in a house and another one in a hotel room. He gave the hotel attendant a wrong phone number and we arrested a poor old woman because her number was with the terrorist,’’ he said.
Also, Museveni ordered that strangers should not be allowed in bars for a drink.
“For the drink mates, do not allow anybody you don’t know into your team. Challenge visitors, they might not be having any problem but just let them be checked,” he said.
Museveni to ADF
In addition, Museveni explained that the Ugandan army is working closely with the Congo army in the fight against ADF.
He mentioned that the two armies have cleared the ADF in areas of Congo directly West of the Ruwenzori Mountains and slightly to the northwest.
“If you think you have the capacity to challenge the state of Uganda, there are forests here why don’t you use them? Why do you have to go and use the one of Congo?”
Additionally, he recalled how ADF killed religious leaders who did not agree with them, a prosecutor, a major and general of the Ugandan army.
“These were very big mistakes, once the security forces of Uganda are mobilized, there is no way such groups like ADF can survive,” stressed Museveni.
His address focused on security issues and other issues of national importance.