Police deploy heavily for Idd festival
Posted Tuesday, October 15 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- Police have deployed heavily at all Mosques in the city and its suburbs ahead of Idd Adhuha prayers.
The force also advised all Muslims who are going for prayers to be vigilant and lookout for anything that may appear suspicious and threatening to the public.
While speaking to journalists in Kampala yesterday, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Mr Ibin Ssenkumbi, assured all Ugandans of total peace and security during the celebrations.
“We have deployed heavily at all mosques around the city. We shall ensure that there are proper security measures during the celebrations,” Mr Ssenkumbi said.
According to him, all organisers of Idd Adhuha prayers should ensure that there are security measures at all mosques and prayer centres.
He also urged all the security personnel deployed at different mosques and entertainment centres to do proper security checks of all people coming in and out of these places.
“We have informed all mosques and religious leaders about this. We expect total cooperation from the Muslim community and the country at large,” Mr Ssenkumbi said.
All people going for prayers have been advised to park their cars 50 metres away from the mosques to avoid any security inconveniences.
Meanwhile, on the eve of Idd, residents of Kasaana Zone Kisaasi, a Kampala suburb, were left in shock after they found one of them shot dead and another injured when two men attacked a retail shop known as Muntunza Kisa trading.
According to Mr Ssenkumbi, when the two thieves came to rob the shop, they found the attendants still inside and a fight started.
“When the one outside heard the fight, he went in and started shooting at them thus killing one on the spot and injuring the other,” Mr Ssenkumbi said.
“We are looking for the suspects. We suspect that it is the same group that robbed in Seeta and Tula towns recently,” he added.