Police in Uganda have suspended the movement of fuel tankers,sand and stone trucks from entering Kampala Central business centre until 2021 general elections are done.
Kampala metropolitan police traffic commander,SSP Norman Musinga while addressing the media on Tuesday revealed that in a bid to ensure there is peace and uninterrupted traffic flow, all trucks ferrying sand, stones, fuel and garbage will not be allowed to access Kampala starting Wednesday night.
Presidential and parliamentary elections are slated for Thursday this week. According to SSP Musinga, tallying of presidential results includes Thursday, Friday and Saturday when the Electoral Commission Chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama, is expected to declared the winner.
“I don’t want anybody to be surprised. There will be normal traffic flow along Kampala-Jinja highway. Fuel tankers will be prohibited from accessing city centre. There will be restricted movement of trucks loaded with sand, scrap, garbage, stones and all kind of explosives. No parking along the road is prohibited. Motor vehicles found abandoned by roadsides will be towed away at owner’s expense,” SSP Musinga said.
Musinga said Kyambogo tally centre will strictly be accessed by only accredited persons. Not everyone, according to Musinga, will access Kyambogo. Emergency vehicles which include fire brigade, ambulances, health teams will access Kyambogo via Banda.
Assistant Superintendent of Police –ASP Faridah Nampiima, who represented the new acting traffic director, CP Lawrence Niwabine, said traffic police shall not allow indiscipline after the EC has declared presidential election winner.
Nampiima said there is always excitement and carelessness after the winner has been declared. Police warned that all small vehicles on both major and access routes should not exceed 80km per hour or else they will be impounded.
Drivers have also been urged to respect road diversions since some polling centres specially in urban areas are in the middle of the roads. Motorcycle riders have also been warned against carrying two passengers, which is known as pillion riding.
Traffic police has warned people who will go to bars to celebrate victory of their candidates not to be tempted to drive as operations against drunk driving will be intensified. Also, vehicles in dangerous mechanical conditions have been stopped from ferrying passengers.
Musinga also urged road users to remember that that the country is still grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic and all Ministry of Health Standard Operating Procedures and curfew time will have to be respected by all road users.
“Any motorist who contravenes provisions of the traffic regulations will be dealt with, in accordance with the Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998,”Musinga warned.