By Ivan Mwine
Terrorist group Islamic State which is globally known as IS has claimed the Saturday bomb attack in Uganda that left one dead and several injured.
According to a message they sent through their social media platform on Telegram, the terrorist group asserted that they carried out the attack at Digida Pork Joint in Komamboga, a Kampala suburb, despite the presence of Ugandan security personnel.
According to international media group Reuters, the militant group said that some of its members detonated an explosive device in a bar where “members and spies of the Crusader Ugandan government were gathering” in Kampala.
Preliminary police investigations indicated that three men, disguised as customers, visited the restaurant, placed a polythene bag under a table and left moments before the explosion, which killed a waitress and injured several other revellers.
However, before the terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack, the police had said that the bomb blast was an act of ‘domestic terrorism’.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, while speaking about the bomb attack, described it as an act of terrorism and said security forces would investigate the matter.
However, another explosion rocked Kampala on Sunday morning after a water reservoir exploded on Misindye Hill in Mukono District, blowing a gush water in the air that later flooded the entire area.
The reservoir that exploded contained water supplying Kampala- Metropolitan area with water pumped from Lake Victoria at the Katosi National Water and Sewerage Corporation pumping station.
The mega World bank funded installation is only six months old and to secure it NWSC committed the country to a loan to be repaid over the next fifty years.
Eyewitnesses at the scene revealed that the water landed on homes and shops damaging houses and flooding the neighbourhood.
One of victims told our reporter that she was taking a morning nap and first thought that it was rain with thunder storms but on going out she saw lots of water flooding the entire neighbourhood.
Another eyewitness said that water rose to over a hundred meters high before it landed, destroying several houses, cars, plants.
However, there were no reports of death although several people were injured and property worth millions destroyed.
By press time however the police and NWSC engineers had not yet established whether the bursting of the tank was due to an external hand, human error or bad workmanship by SOGEA, the company that installed the tank only months ago.