IGP Ochola orders Commanders to provide security to Pilgrims

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The Inspectors General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola

KAMPALA– The Inspector General of Police -IGP Martin’s Okoth Ochora has directed the territorial commanders to provide security to pilgrims trekking from different parts of the country and the neighboring Uganda to Namugongo for Martyrs Day celebrations.

For the past two consecutive years both the Catholic and Anglican Churches have been holding Martyrs celebrations scientifically due to the corona virus pandemic following the suspension of public gatherings.

Addressing the journalists at Naguru, Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson said in his directive, the IGP wants commanders to ensure pilgrims have conducive habitable places, restricted from unnecessary movements while trekking which could leave some knocked by speeding vehicles.

Enanga says that the IGP wishes to see pilgrims having national identification cards, water, masks and reserve money for return transportation as well as carrying light bags to Namugongo.

He however says that they are ready to look out for criminals that intend to take advantage of the resumption of public gathering for Martyrs day celebration to snatch people’s phones and bags as well as stealing properties from the pilgrims.

The annual event pays homage to the 22 Catholic and 23 Anglican martyrs, who were executed for their faith between 1885 and 1887.