By Prossy Nandudu
Security has been tightened as the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA ) trade fair opens. Over 2000 security personnel have been deployed at Lugogo show grounds.
The move is aimed at preventing any incident of insecurity and the recurrence of activities of Al-Shabaab militia group suspected to have attached the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi a few days ago.
This was announced by the chairman of the Uganda Manufacturers Association, Amos Nzeyi in a press conference at the UMA show grounds.
“We are not taking any chances because we want to create a safe and secure environment for our exhibitors and to facilitate smooth flow of trade, that is why we have more than enough security personnel at the show,” said Nzeyi.
He added that exhibitors will be accessing the show grounds using the gate facing Naguru flats, while show goers will access the gate using the main entrance facing Kyadondo rugby grounds.
Unlike in the past shows, there is no packing apart from the VIP section and the exhibitors.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Ibin Senkumbi added that in addition to the security officials deployed on the show grounds, show goers will be subjected to thorough check-ups including sniff offs by the police sniffer dogs.
According to Senkumbi they have opened up a Police command centre to respond to any cases or incidences of crime throughout the trade fair.
This year’s exhibition has attracted over 1200 exhibitors, of which 359 are foreigners while 637 are local exhibitors.
New exhibitors in this year’s trade show include countries like Russia, Afghanistan, in addition to already participating countries like Turkey, Pakistan, and India among others.