Ugandan security agencies have put up strict conditions at three different venues that pilgrims are expected to gather, among them include Namugongo Catholic Martyrs shrine, Anglican Martyrs Shrine Namugongo and Mamiree.
According to the church representatives, millions of people are expected to grace the event from all over of the world.
As security, after receiving intelligence information that several members of Terror group Alshabaab had sneaked into Uganda to attend the celebrations, several strict measures have been put up to make sure that all the pilgrims reach safely at their destinations.
According to deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye revealed that On D-day, all security agencies which include police, ISO, CMI and UPDF shall deploy to curb any sort of criminality that might happen. Police marine unit has also stationed on the water sources to prevent any body from drowning
‘’There will be traffic diversions on most routes leading to the shrines and we request the public to follow the guidelines that have been put in place.’ she said
Namaye added ”CCTV cameras have been erected in various spots around Kampala Metropolitan Policing Area. They will also be used to monitor both pilgrims at the shrines and routes they will use. In addition to that, aerial surveillance will be used from the police Air wing.’’
Police cautioned pilgrims, who come with children, to, at all times; be with them to avoid incidents where they will get lost.
representatives from Child and Family Protection Department has established a tent that will act as temporary ground where lost children will be kept so that Parents will be able crosscheck in the tent whenever your child is missing .
Security has also put up a complaint desk where cases like thefts, or loss of property or persons will be registered.
Pilgrims are advised to come with only essential items. Items that can cause harm to others or breach security will not be allowed in and out of the shrines.
Health teams have been put on standby in the health tent which has already been set up at the shrine.
Ambulances from the UPF, UPDF, and Ministry of health and Red Cross have been stationed at the shrines.
Poor hygiene can also be a security threat, so we implore all the pilgrims to keep hygiene at this year’s Martyrs Day.
Service providers are requested to keep time as per the church communication.
NO service provider will be granted access to set up their station at the venues on 3rd June. This will be done to help security in planning and also looking for threats early enough.
The residents in the neighborhood are asked to be patient with these guidelines.