As thousands of pilgrims continue to converge in Namugongo for the annual Martyrs Day commemoration, Police have by Friday morning registered 45 criminal cases including indecent assault and theft at the Anglican and Catholic shrines.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire said criminal elements have joined the innocent pilgrims.
“As the joint task teams continue to safeguard pilgrims at Namugongo for today’s Martyrs Day celebrations, we are also registering more people arriving at the Anglican and Catholic shrines,” said Owoyesigyire.
“However, some of these are wrong elements.”
Among the cases registered are mainly theft of phones and even grabbing from the vehicles.
“We have so far registered four cases of theft of phones, one of stealing from a motor vehicle and one of indecent assault at Anglican Shrine,” he said.
The Catholic Shrine, which attracts majority of the pilgrims, has reported 36 cases.
“Meanwhile, at the Catholic shrine, we have registered 36 cases (35 thefts and one of issuing counterfeit currency),” said Police.
Police have managed to arrest 34 suspects and they were detained at Kira Division Police Station.
Police, nonetheless, made the assurance that the joint security will continue protect the Martyrs Day celebrants.
“We want to assure the members of the public that we will continue to safeguard them as they celebrate Martyrs Day,” he concluded.
Martyrs Day is celebrated annually to remember the 23 Anglicans and 22 Catholics who were allegedly executed on the orders of former Buganda King, Mwanga II between 1885 and 1887 for converting to Christianity.