Police Warns Public Ahead of New Year Events

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Some of the acts prohibited in tonights celebration include burning tyres in the middle of the roads, making unnecessary alarms, banging tins and playing loud music among others.

Aswa Region Police has issued strong warnings to members of the public to keep away from activities that may endanger their lives and safety as they celebrate the new year. 

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa regional police spokesperson says police will be deployed in all places that are notorious for crimes especially during New Year fireworks displays. 

Some of the acts prohibited in tonight's celebration include burning tyres in the middle of the roads, making unnecessary alarms, banging tins and playing loud music among others. 

Okema says a lot of attention will be focused on cracking down on persons who drive under the influence of alcohol.

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At least six entertainment centres have been licensed to display fireworks in Kitgum district this year. These are Knoss Baryampika and Grill, Boma grounds, Kitgum bus park, Layamo in Kitgum Matidi, Lagoro Sub-County and Step Entertainment. 

Kitgum District Police Commander Moses Oola tells URN that all the entertainment centres that have been permitted to display fireworks will be reviewed to ensure that they observe the security guidelines set for them. 

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Licensed persons have been advised against displaying the fireworks near flammable substances or health facilities and the duration is limited to five minutes.

In 2014, one reveller was seriously injured when the fireworks display turned to the public instead of firing into the sky. 

In Mbarara Municipality, the police have deployed in areas considered to be dangerous spots.
 
Mbarara district police commander Jaffar Magyezi says that criminals have a habit of using the celebrations to attack and rob from innocent locals.
  
 He says that the police have already made deployments to ensure that the locals are not attacked while no movements will be allowed in areas in question beyond midnight.
  
The dark spots include Buremba forest road, Katetete road, Mile two near Mayanja memorial hospital, Ngaritaano bridge, Nyamitanga, Kakyeka stadium road and Ntare School stadium among others.
  
Magyezi further revealed that the police are also in touch with all event organisers who plan to host revellers so as to ensure safety.