New Year revels; 11 hotels Cleared for Fireworks in Northern Uganda

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According to the police spokesperson for Aswa sub region Patrick Jimmy Okema, hotels and companies will not be allowed to display fireworks without seeking for approval. This is a security measure to curb crime and terror threats, he adds.

Police in Aswa region has cleared 11 joints in Acholi sub region to display fireworks as part of the festivities to welcome the New Year.

The places that received police approval include Bomah Hotel, Golden Peace hotel, Hotel Nok, Full harvest, The Peak, Blue Mango, Acholi inn and Samiz all in Gulu town among others.

According to the police spokesperson for Aswa sub region Patrick Jimmy Okema, hotels and companies will not be allowed to display fireworks without seeking for approval. This is a security measure to curb crime and terror threats, he adds.

Okema further states that the explosives are being kept at the different police stations in the region and will be handed over to the owners when the time for display nears.
 
Okema says that all the places with fire will have police officers deployed to ensure that they stick to the 5 minutes approved for the celebration.
 
But  Evalyn Acayo, a manager at one of the hotels in Gulu is however pessimistic that that the five minutes would not be enough to deliver a brilliant package for the New Year celebration.
 
She says that whereas those who have enough fireworks to celebrate may want to finish it all on that day, many people would want to celebrate with the view of the fireworks. She says the Police should mostly ensure that people are secure other than concentrating on limiting fireworks.

Meanwhile, Police warns that it will arrest all persons involved in burning car tyres and Christmas trees.  Policemen and other security guards are also warned against firing live bullets in the air as part of the celebration, okema states.
 
Uganda has been on high terror alert this year following an attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in September.  The police argue that the terrorists could use the display of fireworks to cause mayhem in the country.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.