Pope’s Visit: Full Traffic Guidelines

Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander  Norman Musinga displays one of the stickers to be used by VIPs during Pope Francis' visit [Photo Michael Ntezza]

With only hours left to the much awaited Pope Francis’ visit to Uganda, about it purchase Uganda Police’s Traffic Department has released the traffic flow guidelines to be followed during the program.

Addressing press at Central Police Station in Kampala on Wednesday afternoon, the Director in charge of traffic and Road safety AIGP Steven Kasiima unveiled the traffic flow program in which big trucks will not be permitted on the roads that will be used by His Holiness.

“On 27th November as the Pope is coming in the country Entebbe Road will be closed from 12 noon to 8pm. Motorists who hope to use Entebbe Airport on that day are advised to look for other alternative routes to link them to the airport or to they should be there before  noon to avoid inconvenience, ” announced Dr Kasiima.

“We warn all owners of vehicles not to park their vehicles by the roadside because all vehicles that will be found by the roadside on that day will be towed away to the nearby police stations at owners cost,” Kasiima revealed.

Kasiima added that the same guidelines will be followed on Sunday 29th as the Pope leaves the country and this time Entebbe Road will be closed from 6am up to 10am.

On the Traffic plans at various sites where the Pope will be visiting, Kampala Metropolitan commander Norman Musinga revealed that they have deployed enough traffic personnel on all roads to ensure that everything moves as planned.

Traffic Police in conjunction with the organizing committee for the Papal visit have procured parking stickers with different colors to be used in preventing congestion of vehicles at various points where the Pope is expected.

“No parking space will be availed to the general public both at catholic and Protestant shrines; it’s only VIP Vehicles with yellow stickers that will access Namugongo through Kyaliwajala and their parking will be at Namugongo Primary school Playground. Other invited guests will have white stickers but these will only drop the guests and proceed to other parking venues for the General public,” Musinga said.

VIPs with Red stickers heading to the Protestant shrine, he said, will access the venue via Seeta and park at the play ground adjacent to the venue, while invited guests with vehicles bearing blue stickers will use the same access and park at the Church Farm as shall be guided by traffic police.

“Private vehicles, taxis, buses and motorcycles will not be allowed beyond Kireka Trading Centre. Motorists heading to Namugongo from the Northern Bypass, areas of Ntinda, Hoima road and Bwaise will park at St. Peter’s S.S and Hill Side Nursery & Primary School as shall be guided by the Police” Musinga.

Musinga added that motorists accessing the venue through Kiira Town Council will park at Kiira Town Council playground and the Kiira Town Council Gardens, while those  from Eastern Route and other areas leading to Kireka and Bweyogerere will park at Namboole National Stadium (Open ground).

The area between Kyaliwajjala – Catholic Shrine to the Protestant Shrine will be a pedestrian zone.

For the Kololo Youths meeting with the Pope, Musinga says that Upper Kololo Terrace will be closed to the general public from 06:00hrs to the end of the function at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.

“Motoring public from Kamwokya unrelated to the function will be diverted at Mabua- John Babiha junction through Nyanza Crescent, Elizabeth Avenue, York Terrace, Impala Avenue and may join Jinja Road through Roscoe road or Archer Road.  Elgon Terrace will only be accessed by VIPs with vehicles bearing GREEN stickers and will park at Kololo as shall be guided by Traffic Police.”

Invited guests with vehicles bearing ROYAL BLUE stickers will park at City High School and will access via
Lugogo Bypass / Rotary Avenue to Roscoe road.

Wampewo Avenue will be one-way from Wampewo Round about towards Kololo Ceremonial Grounds only for pedestrians. Vehicles will not be allowed beyond Wampewo roundabout. Lower Kololo Terrace will be a pedestrian zone closed to the motoring public; John Babiha road will be one – way traffic from Golf Course Junction to Kira Road- Kamwokya. After the function, Wampewo Avenue will again be one-way traffic from Kololo to Wampewo Round-about” emphasized Musinga.

According to the traffic plan, during the Pope’s visit to Munyonyo, VIPs will park opposite the site of Ssebugwawo whereas the parking for the general public will be at St. Stephen’s Church Munyonyo.

At Nalukolongo Bakateyamba [orphanage] home which Pope Francis will visit on Saturday, vehicles from Masaka and Mityana road which are not part of the function will be diverted from Nateete to follow Sir Albert Cook or Wakaliga Road. Parking for the guests will be adjacent to the venue but there will be no parking for the general public.

Those from the Western route will be diverted at Busega roundabout via Northern bypass- Kalerewe roundabout- Gayaza- Kayunga.

Musinga advised the general public by abide by the traffic guidelines to avoid inconveniences.

“People are warned not to forge these parking stickers because they have been made with different security features that cannot easily be sighted by a lay man. Once we get you with a forged Parking sticker you will face the long arm of the law”


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