KAMPALA- The Uganda Police Force on Friday, June 21 issued a statement calling for vigilance amongst Ugandans and assured them of their safety ahead of African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
It also called for heightened security measures on the part of security agencies, football lovers as well as owners of premises where these matches will be viewed from.
“We reiterate our commitment towards securing all Ugandans and in particular, at a time like this when many people will be convening at various venues of their choice to watch their teams compete, and the merrymaking that will follow,” read the statement in part
Police says it is working closely with other security agencies and have already put in place mechanisms to ensure the safety of all people in Uganda as well as their properties.
Some of the measures that have been used by police to ensure the safety of Ugandans include the Joint foot and motorized patrols in city centers, suburbs, towns, and villages.
It has also used alert teams to ensure that premise owners comply with access control measures and other related security guidelines, with a view of ensuring that owners of premises such as hotels and bars comply with this directive.
Police add that vigilance and alertness are very key not only for the success of this tournament but also for personal security.
It, however, remains mindful of the July 2010 experience when terrorists attacked football fans who were watching world cup finals in Kampala.
Police also congratulated Uganda Cranes and all fans upon reaching the AFCON 2019.
The tournament started on Friday, June 21 and will run through to mid-July and is anticipated to be viewed by many Ugandans and friends of the Uganda Cranes.