The police will also be holding joint patrols with the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF, to ensure that no revellers and swimmers are in the waters by 6 p. m. There shall also be no burning of tires and firing of bullets as part of celebrations.
Fire works display -welcoming the year 2020 - Image by Uganda Police
Traffic officers in Entebbe have
been instructed to station at all recreation grounds and test all drivers at
their time of departure as a measure to control drunk driving as the public
welcomes the new year.
This was announced as one of the
new guidelines issued by the Traffic Police Department, ahead of the New Year
Festivities. According to a statement by the Uganda Police Force, millions of revellers
and celebrants are expected to gather at places of worship, entertainment, and
social centres, to usher in the New Year.
“The police in close coordination
with emergency service units and lifeguards along all beaches are warning holidaymakers and revellers to usher the New Year, 2020, in a safe and
responsible manner. Our teams will be targeting alcohol-related acts of violence
and, anti-social behaviour,” a police statement reads.
The police will also be holding
joint patrols with the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF, to ensure that no revellers and swimmers are in the waters by 6 p. m. There shall also be no
burning of tires and firing of bullets as part of celebrations.
Entebbe is a hub for beaches and entertainment
parks which attract thousands of revellers, all through the festive season. The hive of activity this evening is expected at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, where
musician Kanda Bongo Man is expected to perform, Lido and Aero beaches will
host several Ugandan musicians and among churches which will be hosting
The Security Committee of the municipality estimates that more than 200,000 people are likely to converge in
the said places.
Entebbe Deputy Resident District Commissioner
Noor Njuki says the guidelines are meant to avert road accidents and irresponsible behaviour during and after the celebrations. He also advised all drivers, intending to go
through Entebbe to move with their driving licenses and National Identity Cards.
The Entebbe policing area
recorded four accidents along the Entebbe Expressway extension between
Mpala and Lido beach on Christmas Day, this year. The officer in charge of
traffic in Entebbe Stella Chepchumba says the accidents were a result of drunk
Meanwhile, the police force has
announced that they have adjusted overt and covert deployment plans, to counter
all forms of hostilities that the country could be subjected to as people
celebrate the end of a year and usher in New Year.