Ugandan President: Train Ugandan Youths To Tackle Al-Shabab


President Yoweri Museveni has ordered security agencies to re-introduce military training for Ugandan civilians to counter the threat from al-Shabab. BBC has more:

Writing in the state-owned New Vision newspaper, Mr Museveni said that although al-Shabab was “defeated”, Ugandans need to guard against attacks. Uganda has more than 6,000 troops in Somalia as part of an African Union force battling the Islamist militants.

In 2010, al-Shabab bomb attacks in Kampala killed at least 76 people. In his open letter, President Museveni focuses on al-Shabab, calling them “idiots”. But the threat of attack from the Islamist militants is not the only source of insecurity for Ugandans. As the Ugandan army spokesman told the BBC, al-Shabab are not the only targets of this policy.

In the past few months, security has become a bigger concern than usual in Uganda. In December, two Muslim clerics were shot dead in the capital Kampala, and in March, the top state prosecutor, who was investigating the 2010 al-Shabab attack,was shot and killed on her way home from work.