Only 200 People to attend Uganda Martyrs Day-Police
Only 200 people will be allowed to attend Matryrs Day police has announced.
Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations are scheduled for 3rd June every year at the Matryrs shrine Namugongo.
This is intended to promote COVID-19 Standard Operation Procedures set by the Ministry of Health to curb the diseases.
The development comes at a time as the country faces a second wave of Coronavirus coupled with imported deadly variants.
According to Police Spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga, the 57th Martyrs day celebrations will thus be conducted in a scientific manner and will only be attended by the invitees.
Police has also advised all pilgrims and other faith based tourists to instead follow the celebrations on media platforms.
Enanga encouraged the invitees to cooperate with the requests of security teams in and around the venues, especially when getting through the check and search points.
“Even if the celebrations are low key, and with no specific threats directed towards the scientific religious festivity, the Joint Security Teams have secured the event with a mix of overt, covert and surveillance teams, deployed in and around the venue”- Enanga said.
For years, thousands of pilgrims and faith based tourists from different corners of the world have been taking long treks to Namugongo to celebrate the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts to Christianity who were killed on orders of then Buganda king, Mwanga II between 1885 and 1887.
However, for the second year running, the celebrations have been restricted to few invited people to avoid the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.