By Abraham Kizza
KAMPALA. Police have tightened security and issued strict guidelines for fireworks displays at the New Year’s celebration in different places countrywide on Monday, December 31, 2018.
Emilian Kayima, Police Spokesperson while addressing the media at Police Headquarters Naguru, on Friday, said that a total of 938 venues have been cleared to display fireworks countrywide.
“Those that will be displaying fireworks have been given strict guidelines to adhere to, failure of which will attract severe penalties which might include stopping them from the exercise,” Kayima said.
The companies that have been cleared to display fireworks include; Ms Tomil Fireworks Ltd, Ms. Sky Framas (U) Ltd, Ms. Quality Lighting Ltd, Ms. Extremes Events Ltd, Ms. Goshen Africa Events Ltd and Ms. Light Africa (U) Ltd.
Kayima said these companies are mandated to advertise widely on all media platforms, have fireworks material not exceeding 1.5mm caliber and display only 5 minutes.
“The area DPCs reserve the right to stop any display if those displaying defy guidelines, all fireworks materials will be escorted by our police Counter Terrorism teams and all materials not displayed will be handed over to Counter Terrorism team for safe management,” he said.
Kayima noted that those to conduct the exercise of display must be persons with explosives blaster license (Fireworks license) adding that all venues to host the displays will be inspected to ensure suitability by the Counter Terrorism teams together with the area Police Commanders.
Meanwhile, Kayima warned the public against peculiar acts while welcoming the New Year such as burning of tyres in roads.
“Members of the public are warned against burning car tyres in the middle of the roads or elsewhere. The public should be careful and sensitive to what happens as we welcome the New Year. Some criminal elements might attack and injure or kill their victims whose alarms might be mistaken as excitement in welcoming the New Year,” he said.
He also warned motorists against drunk driving and over-excitement which would lead to accidents.
“Motorists across the country should exercise discipline on the road to avoid causing accidents. Our traffic teams and the highway traffic patrol unit are fully briefed and deployed to oversee everyone’s safety and security on the roads and highways.
We advise that members of the public remain vigilant and alert to detect and deter any form of criminality through effective communication and coordination with security in the areas. Uganda Police Force is fully prepared to secure all people and their property during this festive season and beyond,” Kayima said.