Police provide security escort to foot pilgrims walking towards Namugongo

The pilgrims, who come from neighboring countries and various districts of Uganda, are expected to spend several days completing the long-distance pilgrimage, a religious tradition to renew their faith and commemorate Ugandan martyrs.
The pilgrims, who come from neighboring countries and various districts within Uganda, are expected to spend several days completing the long-distance pilgrimage, a religious tradition to renew their faith and commemorate Ugandan martyrs.

KAMPALA — The Uganda Police Force has launched a comprehensive security operation to ensure the safety of thousands of pilgrims on foot walking towards Namugongo, a holy site for Christians in Uganda.

The pilgrims, who come from neighboring countries and various districts of Uganda, are expected to spend several days completing the long-distance pilgrimage, a religious tradition to renew their faith and commemorate Ugandan martyrs.

According to police spokesperson, SCP Enanga Fred, the police have deployed a dedicated team to provide security and traffic escort to the pilgrims, who are expected to pass through various regions and districts.

Police will also provide medical assistance and emergency response services to pilgrims requiring care.

The security operation, which began on May 15, 2024, has already escorted more than 724 pilgrims from the Catholic Diocese of Nebbi and walking pilgrims from the Diocese of Lango, who were flagged on May 18, 2024.

Police are working closely with the Catholic and Protestant dioceses, which have issued safety guidelines for all pilgrims walking on foot.

“We are committed to ensuring the safety of all pilgrims traveling to Namugongo,” said SCP Enanga Fred. “We urge pilgrims to stay with the group, carry warm clothing, identity documents, mobile phones and chargers, light bags and reflectors, and avoid movement under cover of darkness.”

Police have also deployed ambulances on major roads for medical evacuations and emergency responses.

The public is advised to call the National Operations Command Center at Police Headquarters on 0776999136, 0707 600773 or toll-free number 0800199699 for any security concerns.

As the pilgrimage continues, police urge motorists to use caution and patience when encountering pilgrims on the road. “We appeal to motorists to reduce speed and give way to pilgrims who are vulnerable road users,” said SCP Enanga Fred.

Police wish all pilgrims a safe journey to Namugongo as they walk to renew their faith and fulfill their religious obligations.