Police calls for vigilance ahead of Namugogo celebrations

By Robert Segawa

Police have warned pilgrims of possible terror attacks during the Martyrs Day celebrations on June 3rd.

Addressing the media at Catholic Martyrs Shrine Police Command Center, the Deputy Police Spokesperson Polly Namaye said they got intelligence information indicating that some terror associated people have entered Uganda.

Uganda is a victim of terror attacks after the incident that happened in 2010 when about 70 died in a bomb blasts at both Ethiopian Village in Kansanga and Lugogo Rugby grounds.

Namaye calls on the public and the Pilgrims in particular to be vigilant and responsible in reporting all suspicious objects they come across.

She also confirmed that they are implementing the Kaveera free campaign at both shrines by stopping pilgrims with polythene bag to access the venues unless they drop them.

Namaye further encouraging people not to come with polythene bags to Namugongo Shrine as only way to save our environment.

On the other hand police has issued traffic guidelines ahead of the Uganda Martyrs day celebrations slated 3rd June.

During Joint press briefing the Kampala Metropolitan Traffic and Road Safety Police Commander Norman Musinga said that there will be no parking for general public at both Catholic and Anglican shrines

Only VIP ‘s with red stickers on their vehicles will be allowed to access reserved parking through Kyaliwajara.

Musinga said that VIP’s at protestant church will access the venue through Bweyogerere – Buto road, Muslim pilgrimages will use Bweyogerere -Buto road and park near the Martyrs mosque.

Foreigners to Catholic Church with yellow stickers will park at Vienna college yet Pedestrians walking to Namugongo will use Kyaliwajala road to the shrines.

Meanwhile, private cars including taxi’s and motorcycles will not be allowed to go beyond the inner and outer cut off points as Musinga explains.

He further mentioned cut off point for motorists at Naalya roundabout, Kireka trading center, Seeta trading center, Namugongo Ssemambo road, Kiira point.

He adds that Fuel tanks, Boda boda’s and taxi’s will not be allowed to reach the cut off point,only pedestrians and bus with Blue stickers will be allowed to go beyond