June 12, 2014

Security Tightens As World Cup Gets Underway In Brazil

Entertainment centers that have not registered with police will not be allowed to screen world Cup games as the tournament gets underway in Brazil today, Fred Enanga, the Uganda Police Spokesperson says.

Fred Enanga
Fred Enanga

Police is also vetting and profiling all employees at the public places and entertainment centers that are planning to screen the matches. The exercise is intended to establish their criminal record, background and interests in order to sieve wrong elements.

The measures are part of the list of guidelines issued as a precaution following reports of possible attacks on Uganda during the World Cup period. The Move is intended to avoid a repeat of the July 2010 attacks on Merrymaking Ugandans who were watching World Cup finals from Kyaddondo Rugby Grounds and at the Ethiopian Restaurant in Kabalagala, a Kampala suburb.

More than 70 People were killed in the attack.

As the 2014 World Cup Tournament gets underway, Uganda Police is calling for Vigilance and tightened security in all public places. Enanga says the measures cut across all venues, from the biggest to the smallest because they are all possible terrorist targets.

He adds that security has also been beefed up at other target areas like border crossing points, water bodies, shopping malls and any crowded areas including the air space.

Other measures put in place include crime intelligence officers who have been put up in several areas to respond to possible threats, constant surveillance of parking yards of all areas that are planning to screen the football matches, ensuring registration and thorough search of all vehicles and their occupants.

At the same time, all fuel trucks entering the country are going to be protected by the police, Enanga says.

Uganda is one of the countries targeted by the Somalia Al-Shabaab militants, an extremists group that has been fighting Somalia’s government since at least 2006. The group has also attacked Kenya on several incidences in the recent past. Its aggression on Kenya followed the deployment of Kenyan forces in Somalia in October 2011.

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