Uganda:Martyrs Day: Police issue traffic guidelines

By Daily Monitor
On 2 June 2016 at 01:59

With barely a day to Martyrs Day celebrations, police have issued strict traffic guidelines.
Mr Norman Musinga, the director of traffic in Kampala Metropolitan Area, said public and private vehicles, as well motorists, will not go beyond Kireka Town with effect from the night of June 2.
“It is only vehicles carrying Very Very Important Persons (VVIPs) and Very Important Persons (VIPs) that will access the Catholic and Anglican shrines on Martyrs Day,” Mr Musinga said while addressing the (...)

With barely a day to Martyrs Day celebrations, police have issued strict traffic guidelines.

Mr Norman Musinga, the director of traffic in Kampala Metropolitan Area, said public and private vehicles, as well motorists, will not go beyond Kireka Town with effect from the night of June 2.

“It is only vehicles carrying Very Very Important Persons (VVIPs) and Very Important Persons (VIPs) that will access the Catholic and Anglican shrines on Martyrs Day,” Mr Musinga said while addressing the media at Central Police Station (CPS) yesterday.

According to Mr Musinga, VVIPs and VIPs going to Catholic shrines will be given red and blue stickers and would access the venue through Kyaliwajala and will park at Namugongo Primary School playground.

Pilgrims with yellow stickers will park at Little Sisters of St Francis and will access the venue via Kyaliwala-Kira or Ssemambo Road.

VVIPs and VIPs going to Nakiyanja Anglican Shrine will pass via Seeta –Bweyogerere and will park at the Protestant playground, whereas those using buses will be dropped at Kyaliwajala and their buses parked at Namboole stadium parking lot.

Catholic pilgrims using Northern Bypass will park at St Peters Nalya Seconday School, whereas those using the eastern route will park at Namboole stadium parking lot.

Other Protestant pilgrims will park at the church farm that will be accessed through Seeta-Sonde.

Mr Musinga said the route from Kyaliwajala to Catholic and Anglican shrines will strictly be used by only pedestrians.

“There will be no U-turns at Kyaliwajala junction. We ask pilgrims using buses to have coordinators who will mobilise them in one place after the events,” Mr Musinga said.

He said the organisers of the two events had issued 300 VVIPs tickets, 50VIPs and 100 other invited guests. He added that the police will tow all vehicles that will be found parked by the roadsides.

Mr Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, on Monday said the police were expecting more than two million pilgrims. He asked parents and relatives of elderly persons to keep a close eye on them for their safety.

Asked why the police have made it a norm to divert traffic flow whenever there is a visiting foreign dignitary, Mr Musing said: “Most of our drivers are very indisciplined. They can easily cross over a VIP convoy.”

Eighty-year-old Rose Kiconco (with grey hair) with other pilgrims from Kasese Diocese walk past the Northern By-pass roundabout in Busega as they headed to Namugongo for Martyrs Day celebrations yesterday.

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