Luweero Police Restricts Fireworks Displays to 3 Venues

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Police in Luweero district has restricted fireworks displays to usher in 2013 to only three places that managed to secure permission in time.

Police in Luweero district has restricted fireworks displays to usher in 2013 to only three places that managed to secure permission in time.

Samuel Bamuzibire, the Luweero District Police Commander (DPC), lists the venues as New Lydrines Hotel, Chapter One Bar and Restaurant both in Luweero town and Suubi Hotel in Bombo town.

Bamuzibire says the three venues applied a week in advance for permission to hold fireworks displays to celebrate the end of 2012 and welcome 2013 as per the law. He says they directed their application to the Inspector General of Police's office as public events organisation guidelines stipulate.

The Luweero DPC goes on to say the decision to ban fireworks displays follows intelligence reports that criminals might try to take advantage of the excitement to commit crime.

He also says that police will not permit the burning of tyres to celebrate the beginning of the New Year because it is a security risk.

He says that the burning of tyres in Bombo, Wobulenzi and Luweero towns along Kampala-Gulu highway on 31st December 2012 paralysed traffic. He says the district does not wish to see a repeat of that confusion.

The police have thus decided to intensify foot patrols in the district and on the highway to ensure that no excited revellers attempt to confuse confusion in sensitive areas. He also calls upon the population to report to police any suspicious elements they observe in their communities.

The security restrictions have not been welcomed by everyone in Luweero.  Joseph Kisuzze, a builder and resident of Kavule in Luweero town council, cannot understand why police does not simply patrol and leave people to celebrate. He says that 2012 has been economically challenging and he wishes to end the year by celebrating its end.