AS thousands of fans lined up to enter Uganda’s National stadium, to watch a football match between the Uganda Cranes and Burkina Faso on March 29th, they were probably not expecting the security pat down they were about to receive.
These images of Ugandan security guards, searching them for weapons, started immediately trending on social media.
The proximity in which the guards came to the nether regions of the fans prompted a huge public outcry with many saying it was not necessary while others said it was good that the guards were leaving nothing to chance.
Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, has been targeted by the militant Islamist group Al-Shabaab in retaliation for Ugandan support for the African Union Mission to Somalia.
In July 2010 Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for two suicide bomb attacks carried out against crowds watching a screening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final match at two locations in Kampala. The attacks left 74 dead and 70 injured.. .