KAMPALA: For matters of public safety amidst the emergence of new COVID-19 variant Omicron, terrorism threats and rebel activity, the joint security agencies have banned use of fireworks, burning tyres and overnight prayers as Ugandans pave way for the new year.
Speaking to the media, police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said the leadership of the joint security agencies will ensure that citizens adhere to the security and health safety guidelines that are in place.
“We wish to inform all dealers in fireworks, proprietors of hotels, places of worship, city lord mayors, event organisers, VIPs and the public, that for the second year running, all New Year’s Eve fireworks displays have been canceled due to the threats of Covid-19.”
“All church leaders, pastors and reverends are also reminded that due to uncertainties of COVID-19, all cross over prayers on new year’s eve, have also been canceled due to the uncertainties caused by COVID-19,” said Enanga.
Police spokesperson Enanga noted that with such restrictions in place, every person is expected to be indoors on New Year’s eve, and that the security agencies will deploy personnel in various places to ensure that no one is walking, driving or operating restricted businesses like bars during curfew time.
In his final remarks, he advised all members of the public take matters of public safety seriously, by acting cautiously with concern for their own safety, the safety of their families and all other Ugandans and visitors.