KAMPALA – Police issue strict guidelines of displaying New Year fireworks
Police has said that it will only allow five minutes of fireworks during the New Year celebrations.
Addressing journalists at Naguru, Kampala on Monday, December 30, 2019, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the move is to ensure safety and order.
He also revealed that only licensed companies will be allowed to display fireworks in the air and therefore, trying out ground fireworks will be apprehended and presented before courts of law. Police has so far licensed 1,104 centers for fireworks display during New Year celebrations.
“We further call upon the public to put security on the top of their “must have” lists this New-Year; by being extra vigilant and on the lookout for any suspicious persons and behavior and inform the police. Therefore anyone putting other people’s lives at risk or disrupting the peace and safety of others, will be dealt with accordingly.
There shall be no burning of tyres, firing of bullets as part of celebrations,” Mr Enanga said.
Mr Enanga also revealed that the police patrol teams will be on the lookout for illegal acts like burning of tyres in the middle of the road as it has been the trend.
“The public will continue seeing our visible security presence with police patrols and additional security from the military and LDUs in crowded places, we also have an additional layer of protection with specialist units at selected locations, with the right intervention and response capabilities to counter all forms of hostilities, deployed along with our k9 unit, use of CCTV and other automated and scientific methods, as part of our security master plan to meet any threats as people celebrate the end of a year and usher in New Year.”
Enanga has also cautioned proprietors of the different recreation centers to ensure that revelers swim in controlled patrolled areas to ensure safety
The public has been advised to follow instructions while at the beach
In past years several deaths have been reported at beach sites during New Year celebrations.