City pub shooting should be an eye opener for our own security
Posted Friday, October 11 2013 at 01:00
Since Al shabaab terrorists hit Kampala on July 11, 2010, killing more than 70 people watching World Cup finals, our security agencies have been on high alert to avert a similar incident in the country. In fact, recent attacks on Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi only enhanced our efforts to heighten security around bars, restaurants, places of worship and other public places.
Ramblings by sections of the political elite about the move by police to “regulate” public assemblies allegedly to prevent terror attacks notwithstanding, the force has been steadfast in alerting the population on the need to be vigilant and avoid situations that may endanger their security. It is a common practice these days to see metal detector-wielding security guides searching people as they enter public places.
Those that have cared to see have even seen some bar owners in Kampala deploying “heavyweights”, to bounce on anybody who may force himself in these areas without being searched.
It is imperative that we begin training our security guards to cope with the challenges of global terrorism. This requires training on the nature of decisions one needs to take while handling security at shopping malls, markets, bars or restaurants.
As a matter of fact, each of these contexts calls for a different approach.
Dominic D.B Makwa,