Guards ordered to stay unarmed as Uganda hosts key summit

Private security guards in Uganda have been banned from carrying firearms until after the end of a key international summit starting in the capital, Kampala.

Over 4,000 delegates, including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and heads of state and government, will be attending the 19th Non-Aligned Movement summit.

The summit runs for nine days.

All private security firms have been notified that due to the summit, the movement of private security guards with firearms will not be allowed until end of the month, state-owned New Vision news website reported.

Police director in charge of operations John Nuwagira told the private security firms to treat the directive with “the urgency and strictness demanded of you by the situation”.

Security has been heightened at airports, meeting venues and hotels in Kampala.

Ugandan police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that counter-terrorism measures have also been enhanced.

President Yoweri Museveni will take over the leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement from Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev.

BBC

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