With less than a week to this year’s June 3 Martyrs’ Day celebrations, more about Police has assured Ugandans on security and appealed for vigilance among the pilgrims that will take part.
While addressing journalists in the weekly press briefing at Naguru headquarters on Monday, Police spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye said that plans to secure the much anticipated event on Uganda’s calendar are already underway.
Martyrs Day is held annually at the Namugongo martyrs’ shrine to commemorate the 45 Catholic and Anglican believers who were killed between 1985 and 1987 on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II of Buganda for their faith. The day attracts multitudes of believers, religious leaders as well as tourists from within and outside Uganda.
“The police will ensure security of the pilgrims as they enter and exit the prayer arena to prevent incidences such as the Manchester attack that occurred last week,” AIGP Kasingye said.
Following the Manchester terror attack, Police says the terror alert in Uganda has been raised to ‘critical’.
“This means that every country across the world mist be on high alert. Therefore we can’t just lay back because anything can happen,” he added.
Details on the security plan and road map to be followed by the pilgrims will soon be released by the Kampala Metropolitan Police commander, according to Kasingye.
To that effect, Police has called on all pilgrims to be aware of their environs, unattended to items and parcels as well as to report any suspicious persons to officers that will be on duty in Namugongo.
Kasingye disclosed toll free lines for the two shrines (Anglican and Catholics) at Namugongo through which members of the public will reach the police. Those at the Catholic shrine will use 0800300107 while those at the Anglican shrine will use 0800300108.