Security has been heightened in all Bus
Parks in Kampala in the wake of Monday’s explosion on a bus. The explosive
device went off from within Swift Bus as it travelled through Lungala in Mpigi
The joint security agencies on Tuesday described the explosion as
a suicide mission conducted by Isaac Matovu, the only person who died in the
incident. Security has said the material used by Matovu is not different from
those that were used to make an Improvised Explosive Device that went off at
Digida pork joint in Komamboga on Saturday.
Heightened security in the bus parks over the years had declined, but on
Tuesday, there was a heavy police presence at all entrances of the bus
terminals. At the exit and entry points,
everyone who accessed them had to be searched. Vehicles entering the parks were also thoroughly checked by the
At Namayiba Bus Terminal, there were officers with metal detectors
carrying out searches before people access the terminal.
Suleiman Mugume, the Manager of Baby Coaches says after the
explosion, the enforcement of regulations will continue and hopes that other
bus terminals will sustain it.
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Mugume also says that hawkers that sell merchandise like electronics
and food have been banned from the bus parks.
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Lambert Kairirizi, the Manager of Link Buses says that security checks and screening have intensified. He says that all the passengers and their luggage are thoroughly checked before
entering the parks.
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The situation is the same at Kisenyi Bus Terminal, Only the
terminal staff are allowed to check passengers. Umar Matovu, the Manager of Swift
Safaris says that they have asked the managers of the park to close all outlets
except one exit and entry.
Matovu says that the public should cooperate with police officers to
ensure that no terrorists infiltrate transport centres.
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Julius Kayiira who was travelling to Masindi says that they were required
to submit their luggage to searches. He adds that body searches were also
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Mwebesa, the Operating Manager Jaguar Bus Terminal says that the police posts erected
near the bus and taxi parks were removed or abandoned and should be reinstated.