Uganda’s police force has issued tight security guidelines ahead of the forthcoming 2022 World Cup tournament to avoid a repeat of terror attacks as it was in 2010.
Reports indicate that the World Cup tournament will kick off on Sunday in Qatar and will run for the next one month.
As per the security guidelines, venue owners have been ordered to organise taxis to transport the football lovers to their respective homes if there are late-night matches to watch.
While addressing the media Mr Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, appealed to the public, to be vigilant during this football season.
“There are no specific threats identified. It’s important that entertainment premises consider the risk from those who intend on causing wide scale harm and panic among the fans and well-wishers. Venues remain attractive to terrorists, who seek to attack publicly accessible locations where large numbers of people gather,” Mr Enanga cautioned.
According to police, all places where the matches are to be screened must heighten security by ensuring thorough screening of fans.
In 2010, twin bombings went off in Kampala targeting fans watching the World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain, leaving 76 people dead.
Somalia’s Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for the blasts at Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kabalagala and at Kyadondo Rugby grounds in Lugogo.
The guidelines Police has issued include; Venues drawing security management plans in relations with the regional police, Ensure access controls at the venues, that the entry exist protocols are put in place,Sufficient staff numbers to cope with the anticipated numbers of customers, In case of trouble at the premises or outside the premise they need to call the police immediately.
Checking all fire exists, fire risk assessment should be in place, Consider the use of plastic glass ware and also under 18 should not be given alcohol, avoid crowding and using illegal drugs is prohibited.
Those with CCTV should make them operational, with all cameras recording and with operators.
Should regularly ensure counter terrorism measures are reviewed and staff made aware of the signs to look out for, especially suicide bomber.
Covid 19 and Ebola guidelines should be observed in all places.