Crime & Investigation

Police Issue Traffic Plan for Presidential Nominations

Kampala Metropolitan Police Traffic boss, Norman Musinga says only authorised cars will be allowed along Jinja road

Police have issued traffic guidelines for the two-day presidential nomination activities at Mandela National Stadium – Namboole starting November 3.

Motorists heading to Jinja from Kampala will be diverted at Spear Motors (IOV) junction through Stretcher, cheap view Ntinda trading center, information pills Naalya, capsule Northern bypass, Namugongo, Sonde, Seeta and join the Jinja high way.

This means the better part of Nakawa-Kireka-Bweyogerere will be free from traffic.

According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Traffic Commander, SP Norman Musinga, the clearance of this route will allow each of the presidential candidates to arrive at Namboole on time and avoid traffic encumbrances.

The Electoral Commission emphasised that presidential candidates will be allowed to access the stadium with 20 supporters each.

The cars carrying supporters must bear a police sticker.

Musinga said other motorists heading to Jinja from Kampala can also access through URA Nakawa, via Kinawataka to Jokas Hotel and join Jinja highway at Bweyogerere trading centre.

“There will be two diversions at Spear motors (IOV) and Jokas hotel to those heading to Kampala or Jinja,” said Musinga.

He said Namboole Stadium (Presidential Nomination Center) will only be accessed by Presidential aspirants, their recommended number of people accredited by Electoral Commission and Electoral Commission vehicles.

Motorists unrelated to this function from Jinja heading to Kampala will be diverted at Bweyogerere trading center via Jokas Hotel to Kinawataka, Nakasero soap works, Bugolobi to Kampala.

The accredited VIPs will access the stadium through the main gate and park as directed by Traffic Police.

Presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi’s campaign team is reportedly planning massive processions in Kampala which police say is not authorised and will disrupt flow of traffic.

Strict guidelines 

Musinga on Sunday warned that, “There will be no access to other motorists intending to use the highway between Spear motors and Bweyogerere except members of Electoral Commission, Presidential aspirants, service vehicles and security vehicles.”

He said the Emergency vehicles (Fire brigade, Ambulances and Medical team) will access the venue through Eastern gate. It will also serve as the exit route for emergency vehicles.

Heavy trucks have as well been banned Jinja-Kampala highway.

“Those from Eastern Uganda will be diverted from Mukono via Kalagi – Gayaza road to Northern by Pass at Kalerwe to Busega roundabout and those from Western Uganda will be diverted at Busega Round about through Northern by pass to Kalerwe roundabout-Gayaza and follow the same route to Jinja,” said Musinga.

All junctions that join highway between Spear Motors (IOV) and Bweyogerere trading center will be cut off and therefore no any vehicle shall access the highway.

Musinga emphasised that there will be no processions allowed between Spear motors and Bweyogerere trading center.

Motorists accompanying the presidential aspirants will park at lower parking “A” near the Namboole Stadium Hotel and will be guided by traffic police.

Parking along the roads is prohibited, said Musinga, adding, motor vehicles found abandoned by the road side will be towed to the nearest police stations at the owners cost and inconvenience.

Diversions of motor vehicles will start at 5:00am on November 3, 2015 until the end of the function on November 4, 2015.

Musinga warned that any motorist who contravenes provisions of Traffic Regulations will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

“All road users are advised to adhere to the above guidelines to avoid inconvenience,” he cautioned.

EC chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu urged aspirants to liaise with police to enable the commission execute a successful nomination process.

He said 11 aspirants have received clearance letters from EC to appear at Namboole for nomination.

They include President Yoweri Museveni, Amama Mbabazi, Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, Charles Bbale Lwanga, Kizza Besigye, Abed Bwanika and Joseph Mabirizi.

Kiggundu said EC will meet all the successfully nominated candidates of their authorised agents at the Commission’s headquarters from November 5 to 8 to harmonise their respective campaign programmes.

He said campaigns are scheduled to start on November 9.

“Candidates will conduct their campaigns, in accordance with the harmonised and approved campaign programme. Aspirants will append their signatures to an MoU to affirm concurrence with the programme,” said Kiggundu.

“I wish to emphasise that no campaign meeting shall be allowed in any part of the country until after the nomination of candidates and the harmonisation of the campaign programme.”


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