Play your role in fighting terrorism
Posted Sunday, September 29 2013 at 01:00
Terrorism has become a global threat as witnessed last week when about 70 Kenyans succumbed to the ugly pangs of terrorism. Ugandans had their share in 2010 when more than 70 football fans lost their lives.
Terrorism, complex as it appears, can be defeated if all of us became vigilant as is the case in the United States, especially after September 11 when thousands of Americans lost their lives following the twin tower plane crash.
Let us take a case study of the Westgate Mall terror attack in Kenya.
These terrorists were definitely not residing in the shopping mall. First of all, they travelled from wherever they came from up to Kenya. They must have rented an apartment or occupied a hotel. They must have purchased some equipment, food, etc, from shops or stores, used public means or taxis from wherever they were staying in Kenya up to Westgate Mall. These are people who were carrying guns whether they walked or travelled by vehicles or any other means, some one must have seen them right from their residence to the point of attack.
Had vigilance been duly exercised by the residents, they could have tipped security and this calamity could have been nipped in the bud.
Come back to Uganda and Kampala in particular. There is absolute laxity and entry and exit is as free as a bird in the air. Go next to the taxi parks and bus parks in downtown Kampala. You can access these areas from any side since they are not fenced, hence no specific point of entry or exit. Go to Kikuubo and all the shopping malls save for a few, everybody is minding their own business as if terrorism is a preserve for Kenyans at Westgate Mall and Ugandans only at Kyadondo Rugby Club!
The fight against terrorism cannot be left to the UPDF, police, prisons and other security agencies. The effective fight lies with you and me, the ordinary individuals who can then alert security whenever we see any suspicious characters in our societies.
If a tenant comes to rent your hour house, do you take due diligence to know who this person is? If somebody is in a bar, restaurant, church or any other public place and is behaving suspiciously, how many of us take interest in knowing who they are and what they are up?
Terrorism is a global threat, it is here with us, it is only our vigilance that can defeat it. We can only relax at our own peril.