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Police provide security escort for pilgrims heading to Namugongo

The pilgrims, who come from neighboring countries and various districts in Uganda, are expected to take several days to complete the long-distance pilgrimage, a religious tradition to renew their faith and commemorate Ugandan martyrs.
The pilgrims, who come from neighboring countries and various districts in Uganda, are expected to take several days to complete the long-distance pilgrimage, a religious tradition to renew their faith and commemorate Ugandan martyrs.

KAMPALA – Ugandan police have launched an extensive security operation to ensure the safety of thousands of foot pilgrims heading to Namugongo, a holy site for Christians in Uganda.

The pilgrims, who come from neighboring countries and various districts in Uganda, are expected to take several days to complete the long-distance pilgrimage, a religious tradition to renew their faith and commemorate Ugandan martyrs.

According to police spokesperson SCP Enanga Fred, the police have deployed a special team to provide security and traffic guidance to the pilgrims, who are expected to pass through different regions and districts.

Police will also provide medical and emergency services to pilgrims in need of attention.

The security operation, which began on May 15, 2024, has already accompanied more than 724 pilgrims from the Catholic Diocese of Nebbi and foot pilgrims from the Diocese of Lango, which was flagged off on May 18, 2024.

Police are working closely with the Catholic and Protestant dioceses, which have issued safety guidelines for all pilgrims traveling on foot.

“We want to guarantee the safety and security of all pilgrims heading to Namugongo,” said SCP Enanga Fred. “We urge pilgrims to stick to the group, take warm clothes, ID cards, mobile phones and chargers, light bags and reflectors, and avoid movement under cover of darkness.”

Police have also deployed ambulances on major highways for medical evacuation and emergency response.

The public is advised to call the National Operations Command Center at Police Headquarters on 0776999136, 0707 600773 or toll free 0800199699 for any security concerns.

As the pilgrimage continues, police are urging motorists to be careful and patient if they encounter pilgrims along the way. “We appeal to motorists to slow down and give priority to pilgrims, vulnerable road users,” said SCP Enanga Fred.

Police wish all pilgrims a safe journey to Namugongo as they set out to renew their faith and fulfill their religious obligations.