As Easter draws close, Uganda Police Force has announced that it has strengthened security across the country to curtail any forms of insecurity and criminality.
In a statement released by spokesperson Fred Enanga on Friday, he cautioned the public that the festive holiday is marked by many activities which include and are characterized by increased mobility especially upcountry, prayers at all churches, increased shopping and other commercial activities.
“We want to inform the public and in particular revelers, that criminal element use and take advantage of such festive seasons to intensify their illegal acts,” Said Mr Enanga.
He added that police renewed focus on fighting crimes and has come up with a robust security arrangement for the festivity, to ensure security and peaceful celebrations.
Mr Enanga also said that the IGP Mr Okoth Ochola has instructed all territorial commanders to put visible, robust and focused security deployments for regulating, movement of traffic on highways and roads, enhancing proactive policing arrangements and faster response to incidents.
“We would like to stress that although there’s absolutely no specific threat directed towards our country, we have heightened our level of alertness and put security measures that include; active vigilance and access controls, in all vulnerable places like; bus and taxi parks, worship centers, all places of entertainment, social gathering points, shopping arcades, fuel stations and depots, as well as all government and security installations,” he said.
He added that alert and security audit teams are conducting regular security audits at all possible target areas, to ensure our security measures are guaranteed.
Police have also intensified patrols, targeting black spots and added extra protection to all venues during this festive season, to ensure all revelers and the public at large remain safe.
The law enforcement body also said that it installed 1940 CCTV cameras within the Kampala metropolitan areas, under the CCTV project, which are being used to proactively capture, share evidence and intelligence on offenders.
In addition, Mr Enanga said that a robust traffic enforcement strategy has been put in place to ensure the highest levels of road safety, despite the increased traffic flow in all directions.
“We have increased visibility of our traffic officers and highway patrols, who will be targeting vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition, drink driving, reckless driving, over speeding, use of seat belts and over loading. We are also cautioning all those motorists who deliberately sub instructions to stop, that we have put tough measures in place to tackle such motorists, including impounding their vehicles at the next traffic check points and arraigning them in court,” he said.
Adding that “All road users are further reminded that road safety is the responsibility of every one.”
To the marine users, police has informed the public that there is an initiative by Marine Unit to ensure safety of revelers while on the waters.
“All transporters must ensure their boats are inspected, and the owners knowledgeable about the compliance and safety requirements. The Marine Unit will be on standby for any search and rescue operations,” Mr Enanga said.