Security In Namugongo Tightened amid Terror Threats

Security at the Uganda Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo has been tightened amid warnings of a possible terror attack.

Police has been put on high alert and their presence has been stepped up at all major spots both in and outside the Martyrs shrine in Namugongo.

Security has also been beefed up in places where traders are in large numbers including shopping areas and markets.

Police officers have been ordered to maintain strict vigil on the movement of suspected people and vehicles.

Ivan Nkwasibwe, the Regional Police Commander, Kampala East metropolitan, says police have received reports that some suspected terrorists are planning to disorganize the Martyrs day celebrations.

The Police commander however refused to divulge more details about the terror threats but said that security is one the alert.

Taking serious cognizance of the alert, the police have increased presence and adopted tight security measures at all entry and exit points.

Several traders were today blocked from displaying their merchandise as the numbers of pilgrims continued to swell. Soldiers from the presidential guard brigade took center stage in chasing away the traders.

Traders are however not happy with the latest developments.

Rogers Yiga, says he paid 30, 000 shillings to put up his stall. He was however surprised when a group of policemen pounced on his tent and forced him to leave the premises.

Joseph Kyeyune, a pork dealer says this years pilgrimage has spelt losses for him because he has not been allowed to make any dimes out of the celebrations.

On Tuesday, traders were forced out of Namugongo, following a visit to the shrine by President Yoweri Museveni and his Tanzanian counterpart.

Edgar Kyeyune, an official from Kiira town Council said they have allocated another place for traders who paid money for stalls. The traders will transact business behind the commercial buildings across the Namugongo Church.

Some vendors have threatened to protest against the security action.