blocked the move by Gulu Municipal officials to display fireworks to celebrate the
elevation to a city status. Gulu
is one of the municipalities expected to become a city starting on July 1,
The others are Jinja, Arua, Fort portal,
Mbale and Masaka municipalities.
As part of the
activities to usher in the city, Gulu Municipal officials led by the Speaker, Peter
Okwera Onen had planned to display fireworks at exactly midnight on July 1st,
According to the plan, the fireworks display was scheduled to take place
at Lacor Trading Centre, Layibi Roundabout, Laliya, Bungatira and Unyama, which
are main entry points into the municipality.
However, the Aswa
Region Police headquarters has issued a statement cautioning the municipality
against the fireworks display, saying it is illegal.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the
Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, says the Inspector General of Police,
Martin Okoth Ochola hasn’t sanctioned the fireworks display, adding that anyone
found conducting it will be arrested and charged accordingly.
He says security only learnt
about the proposed fireworks display after
hearing and reading from local radio stations and social media.
also says the fireworks display will likely attract crowds, something that
contravenes the Health Ministry Covid19 preventive guidelines.
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Onen, the Chairperson of the Fireworks display, says he was saddened by the
blockage noting that police were informed.
He also says they were ready to enforce
measures to avoid public gatherings.
Onen however declined to
disclose how much money they had budgeted for the event.