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We wish to inform the public that foot pilgrims, have started trekking on foot, from the neighboring countries of the DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and the South Sudan, to Namugongo. We also have pilgrims from several districts within Uganda, on the long distance trail pilgrimage. It will take them several days to trek the long distance trail pilgrimage, to renew their faith, and, in rememberance of the Uganda Martyrs.

All our Territorial Commanders have been instructed to ensure the safety and security of pilgrims, while walking through their regions and districts. They must escort them and provide protection to them, while resting at churches, schools and community centres. All movements under the cover of darkness at night and the wee hours of the morning are restricted, they should stay with the group, carry warm clothes, Identity cards, mobile phones and chargers, light bags and luggage, reflectors, ensure they have transport money or arranged means of transport, for their return journey. It is also important to identify those who cannot endure the journey, especially the elderly, for medical attention. For any emergency situations, the commanders are reminded to make use of the police ambulances, deployed on all major highways for medical evacuation and emergency response.

We continue to provide escort services and protective security cover, to pilgrims from Kenya, and other parts of Eastern Uganda. And in addition, 724 pilgrims from Nebbi Catholic Diocese, who were flagged off on the 15.05.2024, by His Grace Bishop Raphael Pi Mony Wokorach. They are expected to trek for 12 days, through Aswa, Albertine, Savannah and KMP regions. On the 18.05.2024, foot pilgrims from Lango Diocese, were also flagged off. They were escorted past Karuma Bridge and Albertine region. We continue to escort them through Savannah region and thereafter upto Kampala.

Again on the 19.05.2024, several pilgrims from the DRC, Rwanda, Kisoro and Rubanda district, were hosted at Nyakatugunda Catholic Church in Rubanda Town Council. They continue to be escorted by police and traffic personnel, as they trek the long distance to Namugongo.

Once again, we would like to wish all pilgrims, the year 2024, a safe journey to Namugongo, as they trek to renew their faith and fulfil their religious obligations. We would also like to applaud the Catholic and Protestant Dioceses, for issuing safety guidelines to all pilgrims trekking on foot.


For any security and safety concerns, please call the National Operations Command Centre at Police Headquarters on Telephone Contact 0776999136, 0707 600773 or toll free number 0800199699.



SCP Enanga Fred


Police Spokesperson


20th May 2024

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