Government to profile businesses to prevent terror attacks
Posted Thursday, October 24 2013 at 01:00
Such a measure is aimed at preventing terrorism related threats in the country.
Following last month’s terror attack on Nairobi’s upscale shopping mall—Westgate, businesses in Kampala operate amidst uncertainty. However, there are plans to close all possible security loopholes that could see a recurrence of similar incidence happening in Uganda.
In an interview with the Business Association leaderships on Tuesday, it emerged that the leaders are discussing with the police chief (Inspector of Police—IGP) about how to profile all businesses, beginning with those located in Kampala.
The Kampala City Traders Association chairman, Mr Everest Kayondo, told the Daily Monitor in interview, yesterday that the business community leadership would want to have all businesses properly profiled as one of the measures to nip in the bud terrorism-related threats.
“The security question cannot just be handled by checking people at the entry and exit points alone,” said Mr Kayondo. He continued: “Our view is to have all businesses registered and profiled. We think this will help us trace for people involved in shady deals but disguising themselves as traders.”
The police has welcomed the idea of having all businesses profiled but remained cagey on physical inspections saying they are a necessary “evil.” “We will gladly participate in that (having businesses registered). As police we welcome anything/views that can help us improve our security against any targets,” the Police Deputy Spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango said.