By Wilfred Sanya
Entebbe International Airport has stepped security measures that only people travelling are the only ones with access to the airport.
People who had travelled to Entebbe airport to escort their relatives travelling to Mecca where bounced by security personnel at a roadblock to reduce on crowds.
People who were bounced back at the first security check were not even allowed to the park yard .
”At least a communication should have been made not to waste our time to hire vehicles to see off our relatives”, said one of the frustrated relatives.
Last year, Ugandan Muslims were denied going to Mecca due to an Ebola outbreak that had hit the country and there were fears that if allowed they could carry the disease with them and infect other pilgrims.
Pilgrims at Entebbe international airport. There were no relatives to see them off. Photo/Wilfred Sanya
The secretary for Hajja at Uganda Muslim supreme council, Al-Haji Juma Shiwuyo said 1200 believers are going for the pilgrimage that will last for about one month.
He disclosed this after seeing off a total of 64 Muslims aboard Ethiopian Airlines on Sunday at Entebbe Airport. The first group of 107 people left on Saturday.
He said that most of those who never went last year will this time be going for the pilgrimage. He however called upon those who have already been registered to travel to Mecca to attend Hajj lessons so that their journeys are successful.
”The Hajj lessons are very important because believers learn about what takes place during Hajj and what they are supposed to do”, he said.
According to Islam, performing the Hajj is a fulfillment of the fifth pillar of Islam. All financially able Muslims are required to perform it during their lifetime.