As the country gears-up for the Presidential nominations slated for Monday and Tuesday , Police has set up tough measures including a day time curfew and will cutoff major roads to the Central Business District Kampala to stop any acts of hooliganism and violence .
Motorists will be diverted at Spear Motors (IOV), Banda Trading Centre, Kireka Trading Centre, Kigobe Road at National Council of Higher Education and Jokas Hotel. Other motorists heading to Jinja from Kampala can also access through; Old Port bell Road, Spring Road via Kireka Road to Kinawataka and join Kampala Jinja Highway at Bweyogerere Trading Centre.
“New Port bell Road Nakawa, Chwa Il Road, Kinawataka, Jokas Hotel and join Kampala – Jinja Highway at Bweyogerere Trading Centre. New Port bell Road, Ismail Road or Via Kireka Road to Kinawataka Road and join Kamapala – Jinja Highway at Bweyogerere Trading Centre,” a detailed traffic flow plan released by the Mr. Norman Musinga, the Kampala Metropolitan traffic police commander, shows.
According to Mugisha ,Kyambogo Cricket Ground (Presidential Nomination Center) will only be accessible to Presidential Aspirants, their recommended number of people accredited by Electoral Commission and Electoral Commission Officials.
The accredited VIPs will access the Nomination Centre through Kyambogo Road, Kyambogo University Western gate and park as will be directed by Traffic Police.
“ Access to Kyambogo University will be restricted to only accredited persons. There will be no access to other motorists intending to use the Kampala — Jinja Highway between Spear Motors and Kireka Trading Centre except members of Electoral Commission, Presidential Aspirants, Service Vehicles, Emergency Vehicles and Security Vehicles.
Emergency vehicles (Fire brigade, Ambulances and Medical Team) will access the venue through Banda,” according to the police’s traffic plan.
The eastern gate will be the exit route for emergency vehicles. The Aspirants will exit through Kyambogo University, Faculty of Engineering and join Kigobe Road at National Council of Higher Education.
Mugisha said that heavy trucks will not be allowed along Kampala – Jinja Highway. Those from Eastern will be diverted from Namboole Round about to Northern bypass and those from Western will be diverted at Busega Round about through Northern by pass to Kalerwe Round about-Gayaza and follow the same route to Jinja. All junctions that join Kampala — Jinja Highway between Spear Motors (IOV) and Kireka Trading Center will be cut off; therefore no vehicle shall access the Highway.
“ Presidential Aspirants will not be allowed to access the Central Business Centre; therefore all roads leading to the Central Business District will have restricted access.”
Police has also blocked processions and presidential aspirants will park at the parking adjacent to the Nomination Centre. Motorists accompanying the presidential Aspirants will park adjacent to Western gate as will be guided by Traffic Police.
Parking along the road is prohibited, motor vehicles found abandoned by the road side will be towed to the nearest Police Stations at the owners cost and inconvenience.
Residents that will be affected by the Traffic diversions will be allowed to move out but expected to come back after nominations.
Police said that diversions of motor vehicles will start at 0500 hrs on 2nd November, 2020 until the end of the function on 3 rd November, 2020. Traffic Police in conjunction with other security agencies will erect snap check points in all routes used by Presidential Aspirants. And boda riders will not be allowed beyond all the cut off points.
“Any motorist who contravenes provisions of Traffic Regulations will be dealt with in accordance with the Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998,” Mugisha warned .
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