The Uganda Police Force together working together with sister security agencies was able to ensure security for all the pilgrims during their walk enroute to Namugongo martyrs shrines as well as during their stay there.
Police spokesman, Asan Kasingye, says motor vehicles as well as motor cycles were well guided to minimise accidents and congestion.
However, there were a few incidents of crime including theft of bags, clothing, mobile phones, ATM cards, wallets, a laptop, money and loss of national Identity cards.
One person was arrested in the process of stealing a child.
The child was reunited with the mother.
In total, 99 cases were reported to the police and 150 suspects were arrested in connection to various offences, including issuance of counterfeit currency, being in possession of suspected stolen property including three thousand and thirty (3,030) pounds from South Sudan.
All the suspects are detained under Kira Division Police.
“A total of 79 files are ready to be submitted to D.P.P today 5th June 2017 for further guidance and prosecution,” Kasingye said.
Eight motorcycles and seven motor vehicles were impounded along Kyaliwajala-Namugongo road during this period.
The riders and drivers were issued with express penalties for lack of driving permits, lack of 3rd party insurance, obstructing the road, being in a Dangerous Mechanical Condition and the offence of pillion riding (carrying more than the recommended number of people).
The vehicles that were impounded include UBA 657F Toyota Hiace, UAT 049B Toyota Hiace, UBA 392L Toyota Hiace, UAU 963U Toyota Hiace, UAN 679S Toyota Hiace, UAR 339Z Toyota Noah and UAJ 250M Nissan.
“On a very sad note, three people lost their lives during this year’s pilgrimage,” Kasingye told press at a briefing held at Naguru police headquarters on Monday.
They include Theresa Benta, resident of Fort portal aged about 80 years who collapsed during prayer at Namugongo Catholic Shrine.
Scovia Moro, a pregnant pilgrim from Lira collapsed and died at Matugga trading center way while another man (yet to be identified) also collapsed and died at Mukono on his way to Namugongo for the celebrations.
Many pilgrims were affected by exhaustion since they travelled for several hours under the sun, sometime eating and drinking very little.
The Uganda Police force medical team, together with other stakeholders worked tirelessly to revive those who fainted, as well as those who got injured in the course of the pilgrimage.
Land and air surveillance, as well as neighbourhood watch also helped to ensure safety of the pilgrims.
“The Police therefore continue to encourage the Public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious persons or items to the nearest Police stations.”