Kisoro Ramps up Security Measures in Wake of Terrorism Threats on Tourists

KISORO – Following a recent terrorist attack on tourists in Kasese district, security operations in Kisoro District have been intensified to counter potential terrorist acts in the area.

The assault in Kasese, suspected to be orchestrated by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), targeted a tourist vehicle in Queen Elizabeth National Park on Oct. 17, resulting in the tragic deaths of two foreign nationals and a Ugandan.

Uganda Police spokesperson SCP Fred Enanga confirmed yesterday that the Joint Anti-terrorism Task Force in Kyankwanzi district arrested 22 suspected ADF rebels. Enanga emphasized that the Joint Counter Terrorism Task Force is actively monitoring various spaces, including villages, urban centers, and towns, where ADF elements and remnants might be attempting to conceal themselves within the community.

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Enanga pointed out that the failure of these suspects to surrender or seek amnesty indicates a continued serious threat to the safety and security of Ugandans and visitors in the country.

Now, Kisoro District, recognized as another key tourism area with its mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks, is taking proactive measures. Authorities are on high alert to ensure the safety of tourists, who frequent lodges and hotels in and around the district, preserving the relevance of the tourism industry.

During an engagement Meeting with hoteliers at the Kisoro district headquarters yesterday, Turinawe Moses, the Warden In charge of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and his counterpart, Assistant Warden In charge of the Southern Sector of Rushaga, Tindyebwa Ronald, emphasized the need for heightened security. They urged hoteliers to employ skilled and trained security personnel and install CCTV cameras to enhance vigilance.

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Kisoro district Police Commander, Senior Superintendent of Police Bernard Mugerwa, urged hoteliers to thoroughly check identifications for each visitor and promptly report any suspicions.

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Lieutenant Colonel Kashaya, the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) commander for the 35th Battalion, stressed the community’s responsibility to remain vigilant, as terrorists may be living among them. He reiterated the importance of proper identification procedures for hosted visitors.

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Deputy District Resident Commissioner, Robert Tukamuhabwa, acknowledged identified hotspots for insecurity concerns and assured that they are under constant monitoring. He pledged to enhance communication within the security framework for immediate responses to any calls.

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