As the Uganda Martyr’s Day celebration draws closer, police have released the security and traffic guidelines to be followed on June 3rd 2018.
The guidelines released will be followed by both the pilgrims and the general public around Namugongo.
Kampala metropolitan Police commander CP Moses Kafeero assured the public and pilgrims that security preparations have been finalized and that police and other sister security agencies are already in place to ensure safety.
Police together with sister security agencies have deployed heavily and also put Namugongo shrines under a 24 hour surveillance, backed by covert and overt security operatives on ground.
“We have the inner most and outer security rings in place prepared for the event” Kafeero Said while addressing the media at Namugongo martyrs shrines.
Aerial surveillance operations by police helicopters have started and will go on until the celebrations are finalized.
On safety of children, police has urged parents to minimize moving with children in order to avoid cases of missing children.
“Those who move with children, please ensure that you move with them at every step,” Kafeero urged.
However the police has put in place special tents that will handle any cases of the nature that will be manned by our child and protection unit.
The Kampala Metropolitan traffic commander SSP Norman Musinga issued guidelines which he said shall be enforced on Sunday.
There shall be no traffic flow along Kampala-Jinja road on June 3rd.
No vehicles shall be allowed to park at both shrines in Namugongo.
Traffic police has issued different stickers to vehicles showing their parking on Sunday.
“Only vehicles with red VVIP stickers shall be allowed parking adjacent to both shrines,” said Norman Musinga the Kampala metropolitan traffic commander.
All VIP vehicles shall access the venue through Kyaliwajjala road.
Pilgrims from Eastern route shall access Namugongo via Bweyogere-Buto road and park at the Protestants play grounds, while those from Western and Northern Uganda will use the Northern bypass at Nalya round about.
Musinga adds that Foreign pilgrims will be dropped of Kyaliwajjala and their vehicles will park at Vienna College.
Kyaliwajjala, which is the main route to the shrines will only be restricted to pedestrian use.
Musinga adds that “Barriers will be put in place to allow emergency vehicles to access the Venue.
Road users with private vehicles, Taxis and Boda boda will not be allowed to use the affected roads.
Over four million pilgrims are expected to attend the event on Sunday.