Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Moses Kafeero has said the Police are planning for over 4 million pilgrims at this year’s Martyrs day celebration on June 3rd.
Kafeero said this during a briefing meeting with all security agencies in preparation for the biggest public event of the year.
He said security will be beefed up at both the Catholics and protestant shrines in Namugongo as well as the neighboring areas to ensure the safety of everyone.
He said that there hasn’t been any major security incidents registered previously in regards to Martyrs Day and he attributed this to the vigilance of the people and the hard work of the joint security forces.
Kafeero said that like most events which attract multitudes of people, the police will be looking to ensure threats of terrorism, robberies, rape, theft, and kidnaps are taken care of.
He said this year the security team will be even more visible and in full force with specialized units like snippers, bomb disposal teams, sniffer dogs, fire and rescue services, traffic, tactical response teams all working together to ensure the pilgrims and residents of the area are all safe.
He said the police will take the leading role with patrol vehicles and motorcycles brigades assisted by foot patrols.
“We are going to deploy teams that shall monitor the neighborhoods, hotels and other surrounding areas which may harbour criminals. These shall be supplemented by the arresting teams which shall be on standby in almost all places and routes around the venue,” he said.
Police has established centres for missing children at both shrines manned by the Child and Family Protection Unit officers supplemented by the lately launched Police #MOBI APP which can be downloaded on http://gis.upf.go.ug/download/upfmobi.apk .
We call upon the pilgrims, the general public to be more vigilant, report any suspicious persons or objects, abandoned bags and urge the public to follow, respect security guidelines on access control, routes, parking.
Those walking on highways are advised to move as a group to avoid getting lost. It’s more advisable that various pilgrim groups identify leaders, share contacts and carry out head counts to ascertain missing persons.
Police have put in place toll free telephone lines that can be used in case of emergency; 0800 300108, supplemented by the 999 channel.