By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. The Police have issued strict security guidelines for organizers of music shows, concerts and performances ahead of the festive season.
The guidelines issued on Thursday by Police Spokesperson, Emilian Kayima among others demand organizers of such events to write to the Inspector General of Police indicating the event’s venue, number of people expected, traffic control measures and the agreement reached with venue owners or managers.
“Organizers and conveners of concerts must show that they have in place measures and capacity to handle emergencies, which include medical provision, fire safety systems and thorough evacuation plans,” Kayima said
“They must have clear and elaborate access control measures including; hand probes, walk through machines, k9 and scanners,” he added
He directed all Police Unit Commanders to ensure that the new measures are strictly adhered to for any cleared event.
Although the new measures appear a duplication of the Public Order Management Act which provides for regulation of public gatherings, Kayima says, “The rationale of issuing these guidelines lie in the fact that concerts attract crowds and therefore need to be secured thoroughly.”