Ugandan Police Marshals Security Ahead of Papal Visit This Week

  • Police to deploy surveillance planes equipped with cameras
  • Pope to visit Kenya, Central African Republic on African tour

Uganda, which was hit by terrorists five years ago, says it has “adequately” deployed security ahead of Pope Francis’ visit on Friday.

The police in Africa’s biggest coffee exporter has “integrated several security agencies including the army, intelligence services, prisons” to reinforce safety during the Pope’s visit which ends on Sunday, Polly Namaye, Uganda police spokeswoman, said Monday by phone from the capital, Kampala.

“Police is fully prepared as a lead agency,” she said. “We shall have uniformed and non-uniformed officers,” she said, while declining to give numbers.

The force will conduct air surveillance with aircraft equipped with cameras acquired in preparations for the pontiff’s visit, Namaye said.

The Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for twin bombings in Kampala that killed 76 people watching a televised screening of the 2010 soccer World Cup final. The al-Qaeda-linked militants waging an insurgency in Somalia since 2006 said they targeted Uganda because it sent troops to serve under an African Union peacekeeping mission in the Horn of African nation. 

The pontiff arrives in Kenya on Wednesday on his first African trip, which will also take him to the Central African Republic after Uganda.

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