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Police to Provide Security and Traffic Escort for Pilgrims Trekking to Namugongo-Enanga


Fred Enanga the Police spokesperson has informed that they are to provide security to foot pilgrims from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and various districts within Uganda that have begun their journey to Namugongo.

According to Enanga, this pilgrimage, which will take several days, is a time for renewing faith and remembering the Uganda Martyrs.

“To ensure the safety and security of the pilgrims, territorial Commanders have been instructed to escort and protect them as they pass through different regions and districts. Pilgrims will receive protection while resting at churches, schools, and community centers,” Enanga noted.

Whereas night movements are restricted for safety, Enanga also advised Pilgrims to stay with their groups, carry warm clothes, identity cards, mobile phones and chargers, light bags, and reflectors. “You should also have transport money or arranged means for their return journey,” he further highlighted.

Enanga further revealed that commanders are tasked with identifying those who cannot endure the journey, especially the elderly, and providing necessary medical attention. In emergencies, police ambulances stationed on major highways will be used for medical evacuations.

“Escort services and protective security cover are provided to pilgrims from Kenya and other parts of Eastern Uganda,” he explained.

On May 15, 2024, 724 pilgrims from Nebbi Catholic Diocese were flagged off by His Grace Bishop Raphael Pi Mony Wokorach. Their 12-day trek will take them through the Aswa, Albertine, Savannah, and Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) regions. On May 18, 2024, foot pilgrims from Lango Diocese were also flagged off and escorted past Karuma Bridge and through the Albertine region, continuing through the Savannah region up to Kampala.

On May 19, 2024, pilgrims from the DRC, Rwanda, Kisoro, and Rubanda district were hosted at Nyakatugunda Catholic Church in Rubanda Town Council. They are being escorted by police and traffic personnel on their long journey to Namugongo.

Police wished all pilgrims in 2024 a safe journey to Namugongo as they renew their faith and fulfill their religious obligations. We commend the Catholic and Protestant Dioceses for issuing safety guidelines to all foot pilgrims.

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