By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. The police have issued strict security and traffic guidelines ahead of the FIFA World Cup Kick off on Thursday.
The tournament held in Russia will kick off at 6pm as hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the Group A encounter.
In a press briefing at the Police Headquarters Naguru on Wednesday, Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP) David Wasswa, the head of Police Counter terrorism Intelligence and Technical Services said since terrorists attacked Uganda during a similar tournament, about eight years ago, there is need to harden their target now as they may wish to do a repeat.
“These people (terrorists) always want to make history, so we need to be careful. They attacked us on 11th July, 2010, they may want to attack again,” SCP Wasswa warned, urging football fans to be on the lookout for abandoned objects and report people with suspicious conduct within and near the cinema halls where matches will be shown.
He said security teams will be patrolling places where matches are watched to ensure strict adherence to security measures. ”I urge you to cooperate with them (security teams),” he said.
Terrorists struck Ethiopian Village Kabalagala and Kyadongo Rugby Club on July 11, 2010 as football fans watched World Cup finals. Several people died and scores of others were severely injured during the double blasts.
During the same press conference, Traffic and Road Safety Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner of Police Charles Ssebambulidde warned football fans against drunk driving and unnecessary excitement on road. He said that mobile patrol traffic teams will be at work to deal with culprits.