Uganda Police have issued security guidelines for this Year’s MTN Kampala Marathon which will be happening in November 24 starting at Kololo airstrip.
The Marathon which was established way back in 2004 has yet again returned for its 16th episode. It will kick start with the regional runs in the 3 selected regions of Soroti, Arua and Masaka before commencing to Kampala.
Speaking during the official launch of the Marathon at the MTN offices at Nyonyi gardens in Kololo, AIGP Andrew Sorowen, Director Special Duties said that since the launch of the MTN Kampala Marathon, it has improved the lives of Ugandans.
“For the Police, we drive our mandate from article 212 in the constitution of Uganda where we are to protect lives and property and we are ready to the event and make it a success. We shall have both motorized patrols and other patrols deployed all over the area.”
He added, “We don’t expect people to come with bulky things such as heavy bags, piecing materials, and personal guns like pistols among others.”
Sorowen assured the public that there will be no security threat as police officers will be on ground to ensure participants are well protected as they engage in supporting MTN’s good cause.
He further on called for the public’s support and Corporation during the marathon.
The proceeds from this Year’s Marathon will go towards improving maternal health services across the country.
Unlike in the previous episodes, this year’s Marathon has seen new additions to the kit most importantly the phone pouch on the arm sleeves. Participants don’t have to hold phones in their hands as they run.
Participants don’t have to bother as they can take pictures using their smartphones while running.
Participants will only pay Shs10, 000 cash and Shs8, 000 via MTN MoMo Pay for the regionals, whereas those participating in the Kampala Marathon will pay Shs23, 000 on MTN MoMo Pay and Shs25, 000 cash respectively.
Launched 15 years ago, the MTN Kampala Marathon has raised close to Shs 3billion which has so far benefited several causes and communities, ranging from helping expectant mothers, relocating mudslide victims in Bududa to delivering clean water and improving sanitation in various communities among others.