Last Updated on: 9th October 2023, 06:06 pm
Lira I The territorial command of the North Kyoga police region has tightened security to ensure the smooth running of activities during Independence Day celebrations.
Uganda at-61 is underway in Kitgum town – Acholi sub-region.
Uganda gained her Independence on October 9, 1962, under the stewardship of Dr. Milton Apollo Obote.
In a press statement, the PRO North Kyoga Police, SP Jimmy Patrick Okema reminded members of the public that this event comes with lots of excitement, party after party, increased mobility all over the region, businesses booming up, and vendors travelling to market days.
“As we are all aware, Uganda yearly celebrates Independence on the 9th of October and the North Kyoga region is not exceptional, we therefore,” noted Okema.
SP Okema noted that as members of the community are trying to make ends meet, the criminals also engaged in many criminal activities such as robbery, housebreaking and theft, defilement cases, phone snatching by street goons, rape cases, shop breaking, and circulation of fake currencies.
Other crimes he mentioned are motorcycle thefts, domestic violence, road crashes and above all warning that the threat of terrorism is still real.
“As police, we want to give an assurance and build confidence to the community members that we are prepared to secure a peaceful Independence Celebration before, during and after,” Okema added.
According to Okema, police have strengthened their covert and overt capabilities through motorized and foot patrol, and joint intelligence operations as part of their readiness to secure this season through the use of CCTV cameras, active call command centres to monitor all corners of Lira-City, highways and other urban centres where cameras have been installed.
He also urged members of the public to timely reporting while being vigilant of weird practices within their neighbourhood watch.
Kitgum district, in East Acholi, Northern Uganda, will host the 61st Independence Day under the theme: “Sustaining a united and progressive nation: Taking charge of our future as a free nation.”
President General (rtd) Yoweri Museveni Kaguta will be the Guest of Honour and will award medals to at least 40 recipients – the majority of whom are Ugandans.