By Martin Okoth Ochola (IGP)
On behalf of the Uganda Police Force, I would like to sincerely wish all Muslims in Uganda, a very peaceful and blessed Holy Month of #Ramadan. We all know the month of Ramadan is a very important period, where Muslims traditionally come together to fast, pray and honour the values at the heart of Islam, of peace, gratitude, generosity and compassion.
It is however, still unfortunate that again this year, 2021, the Holy Month of Ramadan still falls within the Coronavirus period. And although the caseload in Uganda has reduced, Covid-19 cases have started creeping back slowly, including in new type that is more dangerous and life threatening.
Therefore, as we observe the community spirit that the Ramadan provides, we should follow the Ministry of Health SOPs by having self-discipline, sacrifice and empathy, for our loved ones and the vulnerable, to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives of fellow Ugandans during the Islamic Holy Month. I also like to applaud the leadership of the Muslim Community in Uganda, for their positive response towards the fight against COVID-19. Once again we urge them to embrace the Holy Month of Ramadan and adopt health and safety measures that can help protect all Muslims, their extended families and friends during this challenging period of COVID-19.
During this time of fasting, the Joint Task Force continues to advocate for peace, safety and rule of law. We have further encouraged all our Territorial Commanders to work with all Muslim leaders in their respective jurisdictions to address and respond to all concerns of crime and safety, threats and vulnerabilities against Muslims including patrolling all mosques and worship areas during the Holy Month of Ramadan. We also call upon all Muslims, to contact the nearest police station, or Joint Task Force, on toll free line 0800300100, or on our telephone contacts 0713-250391, 0714-012734 and or through our Whatsapp number at the National Command Centre on 0779-999999.
Once again let us all welcome the month of Ramadan and translate the common values and principles of peace, love and compassion to each other.