Uganda’s Minister warns of new threats, call for increased security along Uganda-DRC border

The Presidency Minister, Milly Babirye Babalanda, has directed Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) to ensure heavy deployment of Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) and other sister security agencies along the Uganda-DRC border in the Bunyoro and Rwenzori regions.

Speaking through Lt. Col. Emmy Katabazi, the Deputy Director General of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), during a capacity-building engagement for RDCs, Resident City Commissioners (RCCs), District Internal Security Officers (DISOs), and their deputies, Minister Babalanda emphasized the need to strengthen security along the Uganda-DRC border. And highlighted the ongoing threat posed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and the potential for them to exploit any security loopholes, including crossing Lake Albert, to cause mayhem in the country. Minister Babalanda stressed that the screening exercise of individuals entering the country through Lake Albert should not be solely the responsibility of the immigration department.

She called for the active participation of UPDF soldiers alongside immigration officers to ensure comprehensive screening.  The minister emphasized that the country is on high alert, and it is crucial to avoid creating any security loopholes that could be exploited by malicious elements.