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Recreation centers that fail to follow Christmas festival guidelines face closure – RDC

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Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Recreation centers and entertainment spots in Entebbe Municipality that fail to follow security guidelines issued for this year’s Christmas festivities risk being closed, the Resident District Commissioner, Noor Njuki has warned.

The security guidelines were issued by a security committee comprising the Entebbe Division Police Commander, Division Internal Security Officer Mayor, the Entebbe and Kajjansi Town Council Chairpersons, Prisons Commanders and the Army liaison officers on Monday afternoon.

Among the guidelines is that no one will be allowed to swim in the lake beyond 6.00 pm and no drunkard will be allowed in water. Security officers at all beaches are required to screen all revelers accessing their areas of jurisdiction to deter suspected criminals.

The guidelines also require beaches to mark water levels, beyond which no person is supposed to swim. Njuki says whoever fails to adhere to the guidelines risks having their recreation centers closed.

Andrew Otage, the head of Entebbe Municipal Development Foundation told Uganda Radio Network that the regulations will help improve security in the area, which is jeopardized during festivities.

Last weekend, the Aviation Police arrested 40 suspected criminals from Spenah and Aero beach.

The Aviation Police Commander, Justus Namara, said police will screen the suspects and arraign criminals in court. He said the operations are part of the preparations for the security plan during the festive season.

The security committee has also warned that marine vessels will not be allowed to move on water when overloaded and without lifesaving jackets. In 2017, more than 23 people were found dead on Lake Victoria shores in Entebbe during the festive season.

Police blamed the death on poor regulations on the lake.

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