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Security Tightened in Gulu Ahead of CECAFA U-20 Challenge Cup

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, says that the police have teamed up with the UPDF and the Uganda Prison Services to ensure maximum security is accorded.
19 Sep 2019 17:16
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Security in Gulu town has been tightened ahead of the CECAFA U -20 Challenge Cup.

The Challenge Cup will kick-off on Saturday at the Pece War Memorial Stadium with Djibouti Sharks facing Sudan in the opening match before Uganda Hippos battle Eritrea in the second game.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, says that the police have teamed up with the UPDF and the Uganda Prison Services to ensure maximum security is accorded.

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According to Okema, most the criminals take advantage of such games to carry on their criminal acts like theft, robbery, assault and rape, among others.

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Gloria Aloyo, the Gulu District Communication Officer, says that sale of foodstuffs and beverages inside the stadium are prohibited.

According to Aloyo, the local organizing committee have written to all hotel owners to ensure that their facilities have constant water, electricity and internet. She also appeals to the locals to maintain peace all through the game.

Eleven teams will take part in the tournament. On Sunday the games will shift to the Fufa Technical Center in Njeru with three matches on card.