Security tight as Ibanda gears up for NRM liberation day celebrations

Saturday January 25 2020

This photo taken on January 24, 2020 shows UPDF

This photo taken on January 24, 2020 shows UPDF soldiers preparing their parade for the NRM liberation day celebrations slated for January 26. PHOTO BY FELIX AINEBYOONA 


Security in Ibanda District where the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s 34th liberation day celebrations will take place on Sunday has been beefed up to ensure safety of all Ugandans who will take part.
Speaking at the security meeting on Friday chaired by the district resident commission, Eliasto Akatuheebwa, the Rwizi region police commander Richard Ecega said police had deployed 500 personals to handle the security matters during and after the celebrations.
‘’As much as there are some cases of criminality, the region is generally the most peaceful in the country. We want to assure Ugandans that the function is going to be successful. As far as manpower is concerned, we are going to deploy 500 police officers. We have got some from Bushenyi and Kigezi regions to come with patrol cars,’’ Mr Ecega said.

Mr Ecega said police have planned some diversions on some roads to ensure that people attending the function are not affected by the traffic in town.
‘’We have a security plan as far as traffic is concerned. We have points where we have deployed, but we are starting from Mbarara. As we are planning here, most of the guests are going to sleep in Mbarara that is why we are starting deployment from Mbarara, then Kazo up to Ibanda and Kamwenge,’’ Mr Ecega said.
According to Mr Ecega, people who will be travelling from Kitagwenda, traffic will be diverted from Nyakatokye and connect to Ibanda road to town while those from Ibanda town to Kitagwenda will use the same road.

The Permanent Secretary ministry of Internal Affairs, Benon Mutambi: ‘’ I’m impressed particularly with the level of readiness, all departments seem to be very ready.”
Mr Mutambi said NRM/NRA celebrations are of significant to Ugandans because it is the time when they commemorate the day the country received “total peace.”
‘’These celebrations mean a lot to Ugandans since the country has enjoyed a number of achievements. We have registered a lot of growth. As a country, we have enjoyed security and we feel proud of the security that we enjoy as Ugandans save for the few crimes here and there but overall, we have enjoyed a stable environment,’’ Mr Mutambi said.
Mr Akatuheebwa said out of 95 medals to be given out, Ibanda has been allocated 18 although they had hoped for more.