Entebbe Beaches Re-Opened

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The Entebbe District Security committee says beach owners have agreed to meet the required security and safety standards to have the beaches reopened.

Police together with the Entebbe district security committee have opened up the three beaches where more than 13 bodies were recovered during the Christmas week.

The beaches which include Lido, Aero and Spennah had earlier been closed following a unanimous agreement by the security committee, marine police and aviation police that they lacked the minimum required safety and security standards.

Safety and security standards in question included lack of boundaries separating the three beaches, marking on swimming water level limit, enough life savers, drug use control measure, revelers' registration system and abiding to the time limit of 6:30pm while in water.
A team  of inspectors including the District Police Commander, District Internal Security Officer, Town Clerk, and the Mayor carried out an inspection of the three beaches to verify if the beaches had  implemented the safety measures agreed upon during an earlier meeting with the beach managements.

According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, the inspection exercise which was concluded at 9pm led to the opening of the beaches.

"The inspectors found that the beaches had put in place all the agreed upon short term safety measures and thus we opened. The three beaches together with all other beaches will continue being pressurized to achieve even the long term measure," Onyango said.

The long term measures include; setting up CCTV cameras, installing checking machines, hiring anti-narcotic dogs to restrict use of drugs, among others.

Police has come up with a deployment plan where more than 20 police officers will be deployed at each beach during the festive season. 

Initially, police deployments were upon request by the beach management with all beaches mandated to have at least three police officers working together with the beach security team on busy days especially weekends.


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