NAMUGONGO: Police have said only vehicles with stickers will be allowed to park at both Catholic and Protestant shrines on Martyrs Day on June 3.
While releasing traffic guidelines for the Martyrs Day, Kampala Metropolitan police commander Moses Kafeero and Mr Norman Musinga, the Kampala Metropolitan traffic police commander, said even Very Important Persons (VIPs), who include invited government officials and the clergy, will not be allowed access to the shrines unless they have stickers.
“The only ways to access these venues is by walking or presenting a sticker. Don’t come with your personal car because you will be embarrassed if you don’t have a sticker. We urge the pilgrims to follow these instructions so that we can have a peaceful function,” Mr Musinga said on Wednesday.
“Even VIPs without stickers won’t be allowed to access martyrs’ shrines in vehicle. The provided parking at both Catholic and Protestant shrines will be only for vehicles with stickers,” he added.
According to Mr Musinga, VIPs will be issued with red stickers, which will allow them to access the Catholic shrine through Kyaliwajjala via Semambo Road and will park inside Namugongo Martyrs Boarding Primary School.
For the VIPs going to the Protestant shrine, they will also use their red stickers to access the venue through Sonde via Seeta, Bweyogerere and Buto Road and then park their vehicles at Protestant playground.
He said foreign pilgrims heading to the Catholic shrine will be issued with blue stickers but they will stop at Kyaliwajjala Roundabout and then park their cars at Vienna College Namugongo.
Pilgrims using Northern Bypass, especially those coming from Ntinda, Hoima Road and Bwaise, will park their vehicles at St Peters’ SS Naalya; pilgrims plying via Northern Route for example those coming from Kasangati will leave their vehicles at Kira Municipal Council offices. Pilgrims using the Eastern route heading to protestant shrines will park their cars at Church farm and All Sisters’ Gardens.
Mr Musinga said they will install check points at Naalya Roundabout, Kireka Trading Centre, Kira Roundabout, Bweyogerere, Kyaliwajjala and Seeta.
“The check points will be for purposes of screening who is who going where and what are you carrying. Please cooperate with our officers because what they will be doing will be for safety purposes. Taxis and motorcycles won’t be allowed beyond the check points,” Mr Musinga said.