Presidential Nominations: Kyambogo, Kireka placed under 2-day daytime curfew

Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander Norman Musinga

Kampala, Uganda | URN | Police has announced a two-day daytime curfew for Kyambogo, Kireka and neighbouring areas starting Monday 2, October 2020 ahead of the presidential candidate nominations.

The nominations will be conducted next week on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd at Kyambogo University and police says residents of Kyambogo and Kireka will not be allowed to leave their homes during daytime. 

Also, no person will be allowed to loiter in the vicinity of nomination venue except candidates and their entourage of not more than 10 people.

According to Norman Musinga, the Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander, area residents within the nomination venue will have to stay home till evening while some roads will be closed and traffic diverted.

“Motorists will be diverted at Spear Motors (IOV), Banda trading centre, Kireka trading centre, Kigobe road at National Council of Higher Education and Jokas hotel,” Musinga said.

Police said other motorists heading to Jinja from Kampala will go through Old Port Bell road, Spring road via Kireka road to Kinawataka and join the Kampala-Jinja Highway from Bweyogerere trading centre.

“Kyambogo cricket ground [presidential nomination centre] will only be accessible to presidential aspirants, their recommended number of people accredited by Electoral Commission and Electoral Commission officials,” Musinga said.

The accredited VIPs will access the nomination centre through Kyambogo road, Kyambogo University Western gate and park as will be directed by traffic police.

Access to Kyambogo University will be restricted to only accredited persons and there will be no access to other motorists intending to use the Kampala–Jinja highway between Spear Motors and Kireka trading centre except members of Electoral Commission (EC), presidential aspirants, service vehicles, emergency vehicles and security vehicles (fire brigade, ambulances and medical team). 

“The aspirants will exit through Kyambogo University, faculty of engineering and join Kigobe road at National Council of Higher Education. Heavy trucks will not be allowed along Kampala-Jinja highway,” police said.

Those travelling from eastern Uganda will be diverted from Namboole roundabout to the Northern bypass while those from western Uganda will be diverted at Busega roundabout through the Northern bypass to Kalerwe roundabout-Gayaza and follow the same route to Jinja.

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All junctions that join Kampala–Jinja highway between Spear Motors (IOV) and Kireka trading centre will be cut off; therefore no vehicle shall access the Highway.

“Presidential aspirants will not be allowed to access the Central Business Centre; therefore all roads leading to the Central Business District will have restricted access,” Musinga added.

Police have insisted that no procession along the road will be allowed before, during and after nominations.