By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: Police have cautioned those intending to display fireworks, and hold night prayers to usher in the New Year, 2022, not to do so as such activities may lead to further spread of Covid-19 as well jeopardize the country’s security.
According to Police, this is due to the threat of terrorism and the spread of Omicron variant that was detected in Uganda earlier this month.
Edward Ochom, the Police’s Director of Operations, said they had received various requests to display fireworks but unfortunately no such event would take place.
“This serves to inform you that despite the tradition of having fireworks, due to COVID-19 guidelines, restrictions, and directives in of the present infections on the Omicron variant and the threat of terrorism, there will be no fireworks display,” Ochom said.
“We regret the inconvenience and deprivation the revelers may have to bear and thank you for the great cooperation we have had regarding the matter,” Ochom added.
Launching fireworks on December 31st at 11:59 has been a regular tradition in Uganda and elsewhere in the world however, this is the second year without the display of fireworks to welcome the new year in Uganda.