Today, on March 1, 2016, we received information that three abandoned bags had been identified in different parts of the Central Business District of Kampala City – one was at the Constitutional Square and the other two were along Namirembe Road – and were feared to contain explosive devices.
We dispatched our Counter Terrorism Officers to verify whether they contained explosives or not.
The officers, on reaching the scenes, searched the bags and found they contained stones, wires and documents purporting to contain results from the Presidential Elections, labelled from “The Red Top Brigade”.
A preliminary assessment of the situation surmised that the staged scare is most likely one of the unconstitutional means that some groups are trying to use to cause civil instability, and to push for demonstrations and violent strife on the streets of Kampala.
Nevertheless, in light of the ongoing threat of terrorist attacks by groups such as the al-Shabaab militant movement, the staged scare will not be treated lightly.
The areas affected this morning were closed temporarily but have been re-opened, allowing traffic and business to resume normally.
We thank the members of the public who promptly alerted the police to the scare, and commend them for being upright and responsible citizens.
We urge all members of the public to remain alert and vigilant to all elements that threaten public safety and order, and to reject all attempts to ignite violence and unrest in Uganda.
All police communication channels remain open for reports and updates as follows:
Police Hotline: 0800199699
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson