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Police Increase Deployment During CECAFA Women’s U-20 Tourney After Eritrean Players Vanish

The Kiira region police spokesperson, ASP James Mubi, alongside the spokesperson of Ssezibwa police region, Hellen Butoto, addressing journalists about the security situation.

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Police has increased deployment at the different hotels in Jinja that are hosting teams at the on-going CECAFA Women’s U-20 Championship.

Th regional tournament which kicked off on October 30th has attracted national U-20 Women's teams from Uganda, Tanzania, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Burundi.

Early this morning five Eritrean players vanished from Sunset Hotel and their where abouts are unknown.

While addressing journalists at the Njeru based FUFA technical centre on Tuesday, Kiira region’s police spokesperson, James Mubi says that they have multiplied the number of counter terrorism personnel guarding all the hotels that are hosting participating countries.

Mubi says that they have also deployed both uniformed and plain clothed security personnel to gather intelligence related information aimed at arresting all possible terror attacks targeting the players’ hosting communities throughout the championship.

He stressed that they have improvised police patrol vehicles, which escort players both to and from the FUFA technical center during match days and to their designated training centers. 

Mubi adds that, counter terrorism police personnel have intensified bomb alertness protocols by instructing hotel owners to install bomb detectors, which ease inspection of all vehicles and any form of luggage received at their facilities.

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Meanwhile, Ssezibwa’s regional police spokesperson, Hellen Butoto says that they have been boosted with the deployment of their counterparts from UPDF who have since enabled them to ensure that unauthorized individuals are deterred from accessing the playground at the FUFA Technical centre, as a means of promoting the observance of the COVID-19 standard operating procedures.