How police, army plan to secure NAM, G77+ Summits

Kampala, (UG): Effective January 15th, 2024, Uganda will host the Non-Aligned-Movement (NAM) G77+CHINA Summits, with the summit set to run until January 23, 2024, at Speke Resort, Munyonyo in Kampala.

During the much-anticipated summits, a host of international delegates are expected in the country from various parts of the world and security forces have promised to provide security to all guests jetting in the country until the end of the summit.

Speaking to the media on Friday, January 12, in Kampala, Uganda Police Spokesman Fred Enanga revealed that security has ensured their safe arrival and would like to warmly welcome them to the county.

“The double summit is expected to attract over 4000 foreign and local delegates, whose safety and security remains our number one priority. The summit will host crucial world leaders including Heads of State, Representatives of Government and International Organisations/Agencies,” Mr Enanga stated.

He added; “As the Joint Security Agencies, we would like to inform the public that we have been working very hard to ensure the summits are safe and secure.”

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According to Mr Enanga, there is a comprehensive security arrangement, that considers several dimensions, ranging from Airport Security, Marine Security, management of Convoys, access controls, security at venues and hotels, close protection, aerial Surveillance for suspicious activity, first aid and quick medical response, crime prevention and proactive policing, public order management, and counter-terror measures, among others.

“We shall not reveal the specifics of our security detail. But as already observed, security within Kampala City and the Greater Kampala Area has been tightened, with highly visible and non-visible manpower, to purposely detect, deter and disrupt any range of criminal activity,” the police mouthpiece revealed.

“We also have search and screening technology, dedicated K9 teams, overt and covert officers, deployed in and around all venues and routes, CCTV monitoring and communication centers, a command centre at the venue etc.”

Enanga said that in addition to the above, “specialist response teams at selected locations and patrollers in rapid reaction formations. Those wide ranges of security measures are not fixed and are constantly being renewed, to ensure they remain effective and appropriate.”

He therefore welcomed the delegates and appealed to them to be vigilant and cooperative.
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“We warmly welcome them to the Pearl of Africa and reassure them that there are no specific threats directed towards the Summit. We continue to work together with the Organizers to ensure the Summit has the most appropriate safety and policing plan.” Enanga said

Police also urged delegates to interact and cooperate with the requests of the security teams provided, in and around venues, especially at the check-and-search points, as well as obtain security updates from them.

“Let us remain friendly and hospitable like we have always been. Both our Community Liaison and Public Relations team will continue to share information with families, local businesses and essential service providers, that will be impacted by security measures in the neighbourhoods,” Enanga stated.

“We further remind them to be vigilant and report anything that does not feel right, like unattended items, or suspicious or unwanted behaviour from someone, to our Security Officers at the Venues.”

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For any crime and safety concerns, Enanga advised the guests to call the National Operations Command Centre on +256776-999-136.

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