(Xinhua) -- Football loving Ugandans
will have to abide by the extra security guidelines that have
been put in place while they enjoy the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
"We are not going to take anything for granted and we have put
in place guidelines that even the bar owners who will be showing
matches should abide by," Senior Commissioner of Police David
Wasswa said during a press conference here on Wednesday.
Wasswa, who is also the head of Police Counter Terrorism
Intelligence and Technical Services, warned that terrorists
always want to make history by attacking during times like the
World Cup when people are enjoying football.
"Football fans and Ugandans should all be on the lookout
during this period.
"If you suspect anyone please report quickly to security," he
During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, terrorists struck
two bars in Kampala killing approximately 80 people.
Wasswa asked football fans to be on the lookout for abandoned
objects and report people behaving suspiciously within and near
the cinema halls where matches will be shown.
The police asked bar owners to ensure that safety measures
like fire extinguishers and fire hydrants are put in place.
"You should also make sure that your premises has safety exit
doors and proper lighting systems," Wasswa said.
Charles Ssebambulidde, the assistant commissioner and Traffic
and Road Safety spokesperson warned that there will be a serious
crackdown on drunk driving.
"Motorcyclists who ride with excitement while scratching the
roads will be punished," he added.
Patrick Ochom, a fan looking forward to the World Cup, told
Xinhua that he is happy that the police are concerned about the
safety of Ugandans during this World Cup period.
"It is good that the police will keep a close eye on safety
during this time," Ochom said.
Africa will be represented at the 2018 FIFA World Cup by
Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.