By Ronald Kabuye
Police has advised residents of Namugongo to avoid using their private vehicles as the Martyrs Day celebrations draw closer, saying they may be restricted before, during and after the celebrations.
Norman Musinga, the Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander, said starting June 02 they will restrict Namugongo residents from making unnecessary movements using their private vehicle for fear of antagonizing the traffic plan.
He says residents who insist on driving their private vehicles might find it hard to drive back home since starting June 02nd access from Kyaliwajjala Trading Centre to the Roman Catholic shrine, Anglican shrine and the new pligrim site at Mamre international prayer centre Janda will be strictly to pedestrians, those with VVIP and VIP stickers and emergency vehicles such as ambulances.
Muslim pilgrims will access the venue via Bweyogere-Buto Road and will park near the mosque, while foreign pilgrims will be dropped at Kyaliwajjala trading center and proceed to any of the shrines on foot.
Pilgrims heading to Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka’s Mamre Prayer Centre will be guided by traffic officers who will be deployed at the junction leading to the Anglican shrines and at Kira.
Police adds that Kireka-Kamuli-Namugongo road will be one way starting June 2nd.
Drivers have also been cautioned against abandoning their vehicles on the roadside, saying they will be towed away to the nearby police station where a fine will be charged. Vehicles transporting foreign pilgrims will park at Vienna College and will not be allowed to make a U-turn after dropping pilgrims.
Meanwhile the police deputy spokesperson ACP. Polly Namaye has caution pilgrims, who come with children, to, at all times be with them to avoid incidents where they will get lost in addition to coming with only essential items.
“We shall also have our health teams on standby in the health tent which has already been set up at the shrine.
Ambulances from the UPF, UPDF , Ministry of health and Red Cross have been stationed at the shrines.
Poor hygiene can also be a security threat, so we implore all the pilgrims to keep hygiene at this year’s Martyrs Day.” said Namaye.
She also cautioned the public to be aware of their environment and report any suspicious persons or activities to police via their Police Helplines at all shrines.
1. Catholic shrine Toll Free : 0800300102
2. Anglican Church Toll free. :0800300108
3. Mamre ( New site) :0800199192