Special Forces Take Over IPU Security, Police Issue Traffic Guideline


story geneva; font-size: small;”>Heavily armed commandoes have armed at Hotels where the delegates are residing. Several SFG officers have been spotted by reporters at Kampala Serena Hotel and Entebbe Airport.

The move to heighten security could have been triggered by recent terror threats the country has been facing.

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Besides, police is these days pre-occupied with smashing opposition-inspired riots in Kampala.

In a related development, reports Uganda Police Force have Thursday issued a traffic guideline for Kampala during the conference.

Police publicist Asuman Mugenyi says the assembly will attract a big number of foreign and local dignitaries.

He further notes guests have already started arriving in the country and will be residing in various hotels in Kampala.

“Entebbe- Kampala highway will be dedicated to the convoys of the visiting delegations. This means that from to time, normal traffic flow will be interrupted to allow uninterrupted movement of the delegations,” says Mugenyi.

“To ensure safety, security, and minimize inconvenience to our distinguished visitors, motorists, travelers, as well as the general public, the following measures have been put in place to guard against traffic congestion and accidents.”

Mugenyi says the travelling public should always start their journeys early to avoid inconveniences.

“We particularly, advise air travelers to make their travel plans bearing in mind that they may be held up in traffic. In addition, we advise the general public to minimize travel along the Kampala- Entebbe highway during this during this period to avoid inconveniences,” notes Mugenyi.

He says the alternative routes have been traversed and deemed fit for use so as to decongest the Entebbe- Kampala highway and motorists may be diverted to use such routes as and when need arises.

These include Kisubi,Ssisa, Nateete, Northern bypass, Zana, Nyanama, Ndeeba, Kibuye, Salaama and Ggaba.

Others are Katwe wansi, Kalitunsi, Clock tower, Kibuye, Ring Road and Namirembe Hill road (for vehicles from Ndeeba/ Nateete/ Masaka Rd).

Police officers have ready been deployed to ensure smooth traffic flow along the city centre for easy connection of delegates from one point to another.

Motorists and the general public are strongly advised not to interfere with police-lead motorcades. In the same vein, joining of convoys will not be tolerated.

According to the police spokesman, any form of obstruction such as abandoned vehicles, barricades, failing to comply with police officers directives and careless pedestrians will be handled in accordance with traffic laws and other regulations.

Mugenyi says: “We call upon the general public to cooperate with the police and other security agencies to make this major event in our country successful.”


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