Monday June 2 2014

Police place security ring around Namugongo

By Dear Jeanne

Police have deployed more than 7,000 officers in villages around the Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine in Namugongo, Wakiso District to ensure safety of pilgrims ahead of the annual Martyrs Day scheduled for tomorrow [June 3]. Pilgrims from within and beyond Uganda started camping at Namugongo a fortnight ago.

Mr Siraje Bakaleke, the Kampala Metropolitan Police east commander, said at least 10 parishes near the shrine are now under patrol.
“We have taken over security of the surrounding areas like Kireka, Bweyogerere, Buto, Mbalwa, Ssonde and parts of Nakawa,” Mr Bakaleke said yesterday.

Thousands expected
On June 3 Uganda will commemorate the killing of martyrs because of their religious beliefs. Hundreds of thousands convene at the Anglican and Catholic shrines to commemorate the zeal of the martyrs in face of abuse meted by the then Kabaka of Buganda, Mwanga .

The officers are from different police directorates including Counter Terrorism, Field Force Police, Fire Brigade, Medical and Traffic.