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Martyrs Day: Police calls for Vigilance, Prohibits certain items at all entrances

Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine Basilica, Namugongo

NAMUGONGO|The leadership of Uganda police force, have called on the pilgrims, faith-based tourists and well-wishers trekking to this year’s Uganda Martyrs day slated for 3rd June, to exercise maximum vigilance and stay focused at all times at both the holy venues.

“Vigilance is a virtue, by being observant, you will be able to detect any potential problems and effectively follow the religious celebrations.” Said the police spokesperson Fred Enanga

Enanga has also urged all pilgrims to familiarise themselves with emergency exits for use when necessary, watch the body language of all people around you, and exercise caution posting your location online.

In addition, he encouraged the pilgrims to carry their identification cards or any other identification documents for easy identification incase of any problem during the celebrations. “Keep an eye on your personal belongings, wallet, mobile phones and other objects of value; avoid leaving elders or children alone. For instance, two children strayed away from their parents, but were traced, recovered and reunited with their mothers.” He stated

The Pilgrims have also been urged to beware of strangers, ensure that their Mobile phones are fully charged including notifying their family members where they have gone exactly. “All persons with disabilities should know that preparations have been made for them.” Enanga said

The police spokesperson also noted that as a security precaution certain items will be prohibited from all the entry checkpoints at both venues by their officers a number of which include; aerosols, ammunition, animals other than police K-9 dogs, backpacks exceeding size restrictions, balloons, bicycles, unmanned aerial vehicles, like drones other than for security, explosives, firearms, glass, thermos, metallic containers, pepper spray and any other items determined to be a potential hazard to the public event.

The police have also cautioned the pilgrims to mindful of their physical health, adding that they shouldn’t take risks of subjecting themselves to perseverance, hunger, thirst, standing for long, over congestion and other risky practices. “In case of any signs of weakness, seek for immediate medical attention. In addition, it’s important to follow the rules at all venues, take care of the common facilities, milestones, signs, information panel and respect the pathway rules. All critical areas are restricted and service providers profiled including cooking areas and business areas.” He emphasized

Enanga further, assured the public of their commitment of working with other stakeholders to ensure a very successful religious pilgrimage at all venues.

He finally, urged those who might be stranded at the venues not to hesitate but call on all their emergency numbers; 0800199699, 0800300102,0800122291, 0776999135 or 0707600773 or make use of their UPF-MOBI APP





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