Sunday the July 11th, 2010 will be remembered by many Ugandans as the day that changed the social scene (night life) in Uganda, if not forever, for those tense days that followed it. Anyone that has been to Uganda will testify that it has some of the most hospitable and fun loving people who didn’t deserve to suffer because of the country’s military presence in Somalia. Many might argue that it was inevitable since the Al Shabab had continuously made threats to attack the heart of Uganda (Kampala) on a number of occasions but despite this, the government had not taken the initiative to increase the security alert and better its inspection practices.
On the fateful night (on which the World Cup finals were being played), towards the end of the last half of the game, the first bomb exploded killing a number of people. Soon after, the second bomb was thrown by another terrorist into the crowd of people fleeing the scene.
A third bombing happened in another part of town in an Ethiopian restaurant. All through the night and the days that followed, the city was on high alert and a number of bomb scares were reported. In each case, the bomb squad was called in to check out a number of abandon bags or boxes but all of these of course turned out not to be bombs. The death toll stood at 76 people including those that died in hospital due to injuries.
As of now, all government security agencies are working together with the investigators from the American FBI, local leaders and the public to solve the mysterious identities of the suicide bombers and to also come up with ways in which these incidents can be avoided in the future. Slowly everything is going to go back to normal as those that lost loved ones end the burial ceremonies. However, with the president’s directive to the Ugandan army to start hunting down the Al Shabab, the Ugandans are fearful this will lead to more attacks on innocent civilians. All we can do is be on guard.
▪ Huge public gatherings seem to be the main targets and sensible people need to learn to avoid such places even if it means missing out on the fun.
Reporting for RTV,