Kampala is on terror alert after fresh warnings issued by security agencies, but Ugandans refuse to let terrorists cramp their style.
Not even the grim reminder of another World Cup, and the misery its final brought on Kampala on July 11, 2010, will keep people cowering indoors at this year’s final in Brazil. During the South Africa-hosted tourney in 2010, Al-Shabab extremists detonated bombs in Kabalagala and Kyadondo rugby club, killing at least 76 football fans watching the final between Spain and Netherlands.
It has been four years since and another final awaits us and Ronex Kisembo, the director of Tendo Grill at Namboole stadium, is not about to let the fun pass us by. Kisembo has organized the first-of-its-kind World Cup finals viewing at Namboole, come July 13.
The move has been met with mixed feelings, from some arguing that Kisembo must be crazy to think he will have anyone risk their life at such an event, while others applaud him, saying staying away will be giving in to terrorism. Uganda Police has assured fans there will be no stone left unturned at the event and it will go on smoothly.
“We have okayed the event. We have already deployed officers on the ground and in surrounding areas. The security of the people is guaranteed we are ready,” Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan spokesman, told The Observer.
The organizers have lined up Ice Cream sensation Sheebah Karungi and Mulirwana singer, King Saha, as the performers of the evening. Club Silk’s DJ Shiru will be spinning the disks. Isaac Lwanga, who attended the 2010 finals at Kyadondo and survived the blast, says: “This is the perfect test for our police and security forces to show people that they can keep them safe.”
Dorah Tumusiime, who lost a dear friend, says: “I will not even feel sorry for anyone who will lose someone on that day how can you attend such an event after what is happening and what happened?”
David Owinjo, the Superintendent police officer counter terrorism, says: “The venue is undergoing daily sweeps. Other measures cannot be revealed for security reasons but at least there will be no bottled beer only cans will be allowed.”
Patrons will be charged Shs 5,000 and Shs 10,000 for ordinary and VIP seating, respectively.
Source : The Observer