Common wealth Parliamentary Conference
Government deploys heavily to ensure peace during this year's Common wealth Parliamentary Conference. File Photo

Police have been deployed heavily to deter any security disruptions that might arise during the ongoing 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Kampala.

According to the Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, security personnel, both in uniform and those that are not as well as a standby team with specialists in encountering various security situations have been stationed.

Enanga said that this is aimed at promoting peace thus ensuring the visitors enjoy their week-long stay in the country.

“We have deployed highly visible and invisible officers to deter any security disruptions and ready to handle any range of criminal activity at the event. We have specialist response team purposely to give the right response where the need arises,” said Mr Enanga.

Enanga also said that CCTV cameras will be in presence to monitor any wrongdoers and trap them before they can cause serious trouble.

“CCTV cameras monitoring the entire venues. Search technology. We encourage delegates to ensure that they cooperate with the security team. They should remain vigilant and report any suspicious object, items and behaviour,” Mr Enanga added.

The deployed team involves; members from Special Forces Command –SFC, Joint Ant-Terrorism Task Force (JATT), Counter-Terrorism (CT), Crime Intelligence (CI), UPDF and UPF marine teams since visitors might swim at beaches or enjoy boat rides on Lake Victoria.

On top of that, the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) experts have also been deployed at Speke Resort Hotel in Munyonyo and nearby places to help in monitor arriving and departing people for proper records and quick response where the need arises.

With the conference set to end on September 29, the police are more than determined to ensure it is a success with no signs of violence.

The Conference that was last hosted in Uganda more than 50 years ago has brought together 24 Speakers of Parliaments from Common Wealth member countries and more than 800 legislators.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) organises its annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) each year.

Global political issues and developments in the parliamentary system are analyzed in conference debates among leading Parliamentarians representing Parliaments and Legislatures throughout the Commonwealth.

These plenary conferences were biennial from 1948 to 1959 and annual since 1961. A summary of the main views expressed in conference debates is sent to Members, Commonwealth governments and international agencies.

The conference period also encompasses meetings of the General Assembly, the Executive Committee, Small Branches Members, the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) and meetings for Parliamentary Clerks and Secretaries (SOCATT).

By John Dalton Kigozi