16 December 2012

Uganda: Right Rev. Stanley Ntagali Installed Today

The Police have deployed over 5,000 officers to man the city during the installation of Archbishop-elect, the Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali today at Namirembe Cathedral in Kampala.

Kampala North Police boss Stephen Tanui revealed that both uniformed and plain-clothes officers will be deployed to ensure there are no terror attacks.

"We will deploy as many officers as possible. If you have any plans of causing trouble, please do not risk," Tanui warned.

The function will be officiated by President Yoweri Museveni and graced by high ranking local and foreign dignitaries. Archbishop John Sentamu of York, UK, will represent the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Tanui further revealed that dignitaries who legally hold arms such as pistols will be forced to leave them at the nearest Police station, adding that metal detectors will be fixed at all entry points into the venue.

The Police will also crack down on speeding in a bid to prevent accidents during the ceremony. Guests found with alcohol will also be thrown out, Tanui warned. He made the announcement on Friday, during a press briefing at Central Police Station in Kampala.

Issuing the traffic plan for the consecration, Kampala Metropolitan Police Traffic commander, Lawrence Niwabiine said vehicles en route the venue will be assigned specific stickers to control traffic flow. Niwabiine identified the stickers as orange, blue and red.

"Vehicles bearing orange stickers meant for dignitaries will park at Park C located at the cathedral as will be directed by Traffic Police. Meanwhile, those with red stickers will use Park C near the Centenary building," Niwabiine advised.

All other motorists, including boda boda riders, will park at the general parks A and E located at Victoria Primary School (VPS) along Namirembe Road and Mengo Secondary School (MMS)grounds.

On traffic flow to and from the venue, vehicles from the city centre following Namirembe Road and others passing through old Kampala will park at VPS.

"Motorists from Nansana, Kasubi, Bwaise, Makerere and Nakulabye city suburbs are urged to park at MSS grounds. Boda boda riders are fond of breaking traffic rules, but this time round, they will be forced to stick to the guidelines," Niwabiine said. Vehicles accessing the venue through Nateete, Wakaliga and Lubiri city suburbs are strictly urged to park at VPS or use the Balintuma Road to access MSS grounds.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Ibin Ssenkumbi, urged attendants to be security conscious, observing that there is a tendency by the public to forget about terror and terror attacks during festivities, a loophole which could easily be exploited.

"As we get betrothed in prayers, people need to be security conscious," Ssenkumbi reiterated.

Rt. Rev. Ntagali will become the eighth Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda as he takes over from Archbishop Henry Orombi.

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