Monday 12 September 2022
By Kasline Gladys Lakareber
Kitgum municipality has been on fire when Acholi province team scored their goals due to excitement from supporters. Over 5000 people from different parts of Uganda gathered in Kitgum municipality on the 11th September 2022 to watch FUFA Drum quarter final game between Acholi and Buganda provinces.
The excitement expressed by Acholi province supporters overwhelmed the security personnel deployed to maintain law and order especially when Acholi province scored their goals. The personnel were far less to control the over 5000 people with some posing security threat at the pitch.
According to Mr. Marijan walire the Deputy Resident district commissioner (DRDC) Kitgum district who headed the security team, the number of security personnel were less to control many people as only 60 officers were deployed due to an unanticipated turn over of larger crowds.
Walire blamed the under deployment to the organizing committee whom he met a day before the the game to discuss security measures and the possible number of personnel needed to man the venue. He said the committee settled for only 60 personnel instead of 80 that he had proposed, a number he said couldn’t control the crowed effectively.
However he reported that Kitgum didn’t registered any serious cases of theft and or loss of property but only a minor case of accident involving people who were reportedly under influence of alcohol travelling back to Pader district and one person died on the spot.
Patrick Paul kidega the secretary Health and Education Kitgum municipality applauded everyone who turned up to support the match. He said this was the first time the district registered such a big crowed and they are on alert for any cases of infections that could arise.
Kidega revealed that they had underestimated the turn of supporters from across the region and it turned out to be surprising. He is confident that the game ended peacefully and hopes the district will remain safe from any kind of infections.
However Noe Opoke, one of the supporters of Acholi province team disclosed that he was so happy to see kitgum hosting such a big game in Uganda which to has exposed kitgum so well to other parts. He applauded Lango funs for supporting Acholi province as blood brothers during, all Acholi province players, management, fans, Leaders and supporters for standing with them in kitgum municipality.
Ketty Atoo Resident of central division kitgum municipality said she has never witnessed this kind of game and she was very happy to see Acholi province players physically. She urged Acholi province players to continue being strong for better results as they are ready for any fundraising to support their game as they aim to be the 2022 FUFA Drum champions.
Acholi province beat Buganda province 2:1 in 2022 FUFA Drum quarter final at kitgum Bomah ground Kitgum municipality.