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Police Issues Strict Guidelines Ahead of New Year Celebrations

Police has issued strict guidelines to event organizers and nightspot owners ahead of the New Year celebrations this Sunday December 31st 2017.

While addressing the media on Friday at Central Police Station Kampala, the Police Spokesman SSP Emilian Kayima asked event organizers to work closely with security to secure Ugandans as they usher in the new year 2018.

“Territorial commanders must ensure vigilance and visibility of personnel in their areas and work hand in hand with event organizers to secure people and their property,” Kayima said.

On the issue of displaying fireworks on New Year’s Eve, Kayima revealed that only 921 venues have been cleared to have a fireworks display all over the country, adding that the fireworks will display for only five minutes.

“Venues will be inspected by security led by police before the fireworks are displayed. The organizers will be allowed five minutes to have the fireworks display,” Kayima said.

“Anyone who fails to adhere to these regulations will be caught up by the long arm of the law,” he added.

Giving a report on the Christmas celebrations, Kayima noted that they were generally calm a part from a few accidents registered along the highways mostly caused by human error.

One aggravated robbery was also registered in Mubende on 28/12/2017 at 2000 hours in Kalamba trading center, kiganda sub county in Mubende district where three armed men with guns entered the shop of Mulalira James and robbed unspecified amount of money and took off.

He said police is hunting for the culprits.

He however assured the public that the country is generally calm and secure and asked security agencies to be vigilant to ensure Uganda is secure during the end of year festivities.