Hotel proprietors and religious leaders in Rukungiri district and municipality have been urged to enhance their vigilance and maintain detailed records of all visitors in order to address potential security concerns.
During a security meeting held at the Rukungiri district council hall, the Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner, Steven Nsubunga Bewayo, emphasized the need for hotel owners to bolster security measures. This includes installing surveillance cameras and equipping their security personnel with metal detectors to safeguard their premises.
Furthermore, Nsubuga advised them to explore various strategies to remain alert to unexpected incidents and cooperate closely with the local security authorities in case of any suspicious activity.
Timothy Himbisa, the Crime Investigations Officer for Rukungiri district, stressed the importance of mandatorily registering every guest at a hotel. If a guest refuses to comply, entry should be denied, or hotel staff should alert security personnel for further investigation. He also recommended that hotel security personnel routinely inspect customers’ luggage to ensure the safety of the establishment.
Kiiza Mugarura Jackson, the Assistant District Internal Security Officer, added that churches should also play a role in promoting security awareness, as rebels may attempt to exploit religious institutions for their activities. He advised churches to seek permission from the District Police Commander’s office, particularly when organizing overnight events.
Hotel owners in attendance expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the security operatives in Rukungiri.
Reverend Father Mathias Kwehagana, the Assistant Rector St Charles Lwanga Seminary Nyakibake, and Reverend Ronald Natuhwera from the North Kigezi Diocese, along with other religious leaders, committed to conveying these security measures to their congregations, encouraging their implementation, and sharing them with their fellow religious leaders to raise awareness in their respective churches.