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Police reaffirms Maximum Security for the MTN Kampala Marathon 2010

Release date:11/29/2010
Kampala, Uganda: Police has reaffirmed to the general public guaranteed high security in the forthcoming MTN Kampala Marathon slated for Dec 5th at all points on the marathon route. Police Commissioner for Traffic, Basil Mugisha said the security forces were working together to ensure the event is successful in light of the throngs of participants and spectators. He said this during a press conference with stakeholders for the MTN Kampala Marathon 2010 held at Nyonyi Gardens today.
“Security will be involved everywhere, on the track we shall have some of our staff running to ensure that there are no intruders and of course there is the deployment on the routes. I need to reaffirm to the general public that there is maximum security before, during and after the race,” Mugisha added.
Mr. Mugisha urged the public to cooperate and ensure that they follow the guidelines set in place to ease the work of the police. “We have advised the public to follow instructions put in place. The public should cooperate to prevent inconveniences that can easily arise,” Mugisha warned. “We are going to institute thorough checks on the participants’ luggage, so we advise participants not to carry heavy luggage to the venue,” Mugisha adviced.
Speaking at the press conference, Silk Events Managing Director, Elvis Sekyanzi cautioned the unregistered runners against interrupting the copy flow of the event. “No unregistered runners will be allowed on any of the routes. We have police on route and they will be ready to pull out anyone running without the prerequisite registration,” he warned. Sekyanzi also warned those who will be parking their vehicles in ungazzetted areas that there will be a tow truck ready to tow them away. “There will be gazetted places with enough parking and security for participants, so runners should run assured of this’ Sekyanzi added.

Silk Events are the event managers and of the 2010 Kampala Marathon.

The security precautions for this year’s Marathons have been amplified following the July 11 bomb blasts at Kyadondo rugby club and Ethiopian village in Kabalagala that left 76 people dead. The bombs went off as soccer fans were watching the 2010 World Cup final.

MTN Chief Marketing Officer, Isaac Nsereko said the response of the participants for this year’s Marathon was overwhelming and assured the public that the organizers are adequately prepared to handled the numbers and deliver a truly Yarribba experience. Over 20,000 participants are expected to take part in this year’s marathon.

Moses Kipsiro, the Commonwealth Games 5,000 and 10,000 metre gold medalists, returns to defend his title as 10km champion in the Marathon.

The competition slated for next week has drawn participants from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi. The MTN Kampala Marathon will have the 42km, 21km and 10km routes for both men and women.

The Uganda Police Force is a full-time institution of the Government of Uganda, whose primary responsibility is maintaining law and order in the country.  Securing life and property in partnership with the public in a committed and professional manner in order to promote development.
The present Uganda Police Force became an institution on 25th May 1906, then called the British Territorial Protectorate Police. Before then, it was created as a Para-military Force called The Uganda Armed Constabulary, whose prime duty was to quell the various wars, riots and unrest which were continuously breaking out among tribes. For more information visit: www.upf.go.ug  
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