Police sets guidelines Premier league fans must adhere to ahead of new season

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SPORT– The Uganda Police force has called upon the public, bar owners and cinema halls to be security concious ahead of premier league season 2022/2023.

The season that is starting on Friday 5th August 2022 with Arsenal taking on Crystal Palace is anticipated to be viewed by many Ugandans and all fans of football especially men thus a reminder to be mindful of their lives especially when moving at night from towns and cinema halls.  

This according to CP Fred Enanga the Uganda Police Spokesperson calls 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.

“Therefore 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 merry making that will follow” Says Enanga.

The Police Spokesperson adds that vigilance and alertness are very key also for personal security as the public goes about lawful day to day activities. The Police remain mindful of the July 2010 experience when terrorists attacked football fans who were watching world cup finals in Kampala.

Enanga warned boda boda riders who operate at night and using the same chance to kidnap people especially women to the extent of snatching there phone’s to desist from it before one is caught.

The Police is working closely with other security agencies, have already put in place mechanisms to ensure safety of all people in Uganda as well as their properties. Some of these measures include;

-Joint foot and motorized patrols in the city centers, suburbs, towns and villages.

-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.

-Cooperation between the territorial police and event organizers so as to ease the flow of information relating to incidents that may be deemed as security concerns. This will enable timely planning and intervention.

-Traffic Police will continue to carry out operations aimed at ensuring safety of all road users, as well as to check traffic offences such as driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol and others.

-Deployment of personnel in areas that attract big numbers people for purposes of intelligence gathering and covert security.

-Community Liaison and Public Relations Officers to continue sensitizing the public on safety and precautions the public should adopt such as neighborhood watch.

-Safety of children and babies. Parents will not be allowed into bars and video halls. Parents are encouraged to place their children under the care of a responsible adult(s) at all times if the parents have to go leave them behind.

Enaga  urged the public to be mindful of their surroundings, to keenly look out for suspicious people and items and report timely to the nearest police stations. These items could be bags, loose wires, belts, phones, computers, electrical appliances and other items.