Police beef up security ahead of Cranes-Botswana clash

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Police beef up security ahead of Cranes-Botswana clash
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Police and sister security agencies have beefed up security ahead of Uganda Cranes v Botswana match set to take place tomorrow in Kampala.

This World Cup qualifying match will be the opening game of the revamped Namboole Stadium and many spectators are expected to attend the game.

According to police, there are no threats towards the match except general crimes such as pickpocketing, phone and bag snatching, vandalism and hooliganism among others.

Addressing the press, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango has released a comprehensive security plan by the joint security task force which will ensure the safety and security of fans and the general public around the stadium and the surrounding areas.

On top of having access control, police has advised fans not to move with sharp objects and other weapons such as guns to the venue saying that now Namboole operates according to the FUFA and FIFA standards leaving no room for violations.

The police spokesperson revealed that much of the security will be concentrated outside the stadium to protect the business community as the match will be played in the evening at 7pm.

"There will be much deployment outside Namboole stadium from Jokers, Kireka, Banda, Spear motors, Kinawataka up to Nakawa to allow people to come and go back freely since it will be at night," he said.

By press time, both police and military police had started being deployed along Jinja road and also access control to the stadium have had been activated.

Although there will be no road blockades, the police has advised motorists to use alternative roads to avoid inconveniences that will be caused by the fans on the roads around Namboole and the surrounding areas.

Motorists especially heavy good truck drivers from Jinja road have been advised to use Kayunga road to Kalagi up to Gayaza while those heading to Jinja have been told to strictly use the Northern bypass and those from Mukono to branch off from Seeta to Sonde and Kyaliwajala.

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