IGANGA: Security tightened ahead of Kyabazinga’s coronation

The Iganga District security team discussing security guidelines ahead of the Coronation Event

Iganga, (UG): The preparations for the 9th coronation of Kyabazinga HRH William Wilberforce Nadiope Kadhumbula Gabula IV are almost complete, ahead of the main function which will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13, in Kigulu Chiefdom at Namungalwe Saza ground in Namungalwe sub-county, Iganga district.

DailyExpress has learnt that security in Iganga district led by the Resident District Commissioner Mr Wandera Sadala, his deputy Mr Mwanje Eddy, the DPC SSP Byaruhanga Patrick, among others on Monday held a security meeting ahead of the function and a number of security guidelines were discussed.

One of the guidelines is that the traffic heading to the venue will be under the guidance of security and we have learnt that only VIP and VVIP vehicles will access the ground, while other vehicles will park at Namungalwe Health Center III just opposite Saza Ground.

However, police have assured the public of total security before, during and after the event with the help of their sister security agencies in the Busoga region to ensure that the whole function goes on successfully without any security threat.

“Security has been tightened ahead of tomorrow’s Kyabazinga coronation ceremony in Namungalwe and we have got officers from counter-terrorism to beef up security. We have also involved the army and the districts in Busoga East will join hands to see that the people are secure while attending the function,” SSP Diana Nandawula, Busoga East police spokesperson has said.

She warned those planning anything opposed to security measures to refrain or else face security hands.

The tents and seats at the function getting ready for the coronation event

Nandawula told DailyExpress they have also tightened security in major centres leading to the venue especially Iganga town to counter crimes by giving security to people so as to avoid any kind of terrorist attack.

“We shall enforce security in our towns and we are putting much effort on the side of terrorism and our counter-terrorism organ will be present to give security,” SSP Nandawula said before calling upon the general public to be vigilant with their personal security by working closely with security and following security guidelines.

She also tasked them to report any suspicious persons or items for action.

The Kyabazinga Coronation Programme lineup

Meanwhile, a number of stakeholders in the kingdom and politicians have called upon the general public to attend the historical event. The first deputy prime minister in Busoga Kingdom Prof Dr Muhamadi Lubega Kisambira has rallied people in Busoga and beyond to attend the function saying it’s a function for all people regardless of tribe or any particular affiliation.

The Iganga district chairperson Mr Gabula Ezera said, “Let us all turn up to this 9th coronation anniversary of our Kyabazinga and I call upon every district to mobilize for the joyous function which is being hosted by our chiefdom of Kigulu.”

The secretary-general in Kigulu Chiefdom Mr Kitaulwa Ibrahim has called upon people to keep time by arriving before 9 am on Wednesday, insisting that the Kyabazinga is expected to arrive at the function at around 11 am before kicking off with celebrations officially.

He also beseeched the general public to prioritize the cultural wear tomorrow.

“We call upon you to be at the event by 9 am and it’s more desirable to put on a kanzu with a coat for men or gomesi for women or ladies. Everything has been handled and we’re only waiting for tomorrow. We expect the Kyabazinga to arrive at around 11 am and we shall be starting the celebrations,” Mr. Kitaulwa said.

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