By Ivan Mwine
The Uganda Police have announced that just like it was last year, pilgrims will not be allowed to go to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine on Thursday June 3rd, 2021, which is the Martyrs Day.
According to a statement issued by the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga, all pilgrims from within Uganda and abroad shall not be allowed to go to Namugongo is a bid to avoid flouting of COVID-19 regulations and prevent further spread of the virus.
“We would like to remind the thousands of pilgrims and other faith based tourists from upcountry, as well as from the immediate neighbouring countries of the DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Burundi, not to trek the long distance, but to instead follow the religious celebrations on TV, Radio and other digital platforms,” Enanga’s statement reads in part.
He adds that; “To the few invitees, we congratulate them and further encourage them to cooperate with the requests of our security teams in and around the venues, especially when getting through the check and search points.”
Enanga noted that; “Even if the celebrations are low key, and with no specific threats directed towards the scientific religious festivity, the Joint Security Teams have secured the event with a mix of overt, covert and surveillance teams, deployed in and around the venue.”
He revealed that the police shall at a later stage release traffic flow chart that will guide only those few who have been invited to Namugongo Shrine for the celebration of the Uganda Martyrs Day.
The police announced that these celebrations will be restricted to 200 individuals and have banned pilgrims from traveling towards the Namugongo neighborhood on foot due to COVID-19 concerns.
Participants will still be allowed to embark on foot pilgrimages to attend Martyrs’ Day events in their respective locality.