All territory commanders have been instructed by Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Okoth Ochola to ensure the safety and security of pilgrims traveling to Namugongo for Martyrs Day ceremonies.
Following the full re-opening of the economy and a major reduction of COVID-19 in the country, the popular religious pilgrimage of the Uganda Martyrs at Namugongo will be held on June 3rd this year.
The holy event will thus be available to the public for the first time since 2019, with thousands of pilgrims, faith-based tourists, and well-wishers anticipated to attend.
Many pilgrims are expected to walk considerable distances from various regions of the country, as well as from neighboring countries such as the DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan, according to religious tradition.
“They must assist them,” Ochola said in a statement released by CP Enanga Fred, Police Spokesperson. “They must identify habitable places for sleeping, especially at schools, places of worship, and community centers, restrict movement under the cover of darkness, identify those who cannot endure the journey, for medical attention, and so on.”
“So far, we’ve constantly monitored the passage of pilgrims from the Diocese of Lira, and we expect additional teams from the West Nile, Masaka, Fort Portal, Mbarara, Soroti, Mbale, and other places.”
To avoid wasting energy with large burdens, he advised pilgrims to bring warm clothing, a few basic supplies, their identification cards, cell phones, and light bags.
“It’s also a good idea for team leaders and individual pilgrims to set aside money for transportation because the return journey is rarely done on foot.” While in Kampala, we urge pilgrims and all well-wishers, particularly newcomers, to be careful and cautious while navigating the congested streets, and to be especially wary of crooks who target phones and other valuables. We wish all pilgrims who are walking to Namugongo to refresh their faith and fulfill their religious commitments a safe voyage.”
“We also applaud the Chief organizers from the Diocese of Fort Portal for giving safety recommendations to all pilgrims traveling on foot and restricting it to able-bodied persons 16 years and older,” he added. Please contact the National Operations room at Police Headquarters at 0707600773 /0776999135 or 0800199699 for any additional information.”