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We are going nowhere! Police deny claims of removing traffic officers from highways

A Traffic Police officer slaps a truck driver with a traffic violations ticket. Police has refuted social media reports that they withdrew their officers from Kampala street over President Museveni’s remarks that cite traffic police as one of the most corrupt institutions (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Police have described as untrue allegations that they have removed their traffic officers from the roads

Several media reports at the weekend indicated that following President Museveni’s launch of his Anti-Corruption strategy, police decided to remove its men from the roads on allegations that they are much involved in extortion.

But in a statement issued on Sunday, police said withdrawing their officers from the roads was just a temporary move to realign their operations.

“There is a wrong story doing rounds in the social media that Traffic Police have been removed from the roads and highways. This is not correct,” police said.

“Actually, the Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety is streamlining its operations especially the FIKA SALAAMA operations by directing on areas where checkpoints will be strictly mounted. areas have been given. No other checkpoint will be expected. If it must be, then it will be cleared by Police headquarters. This is to respond to complaints of extortion by some Traffic Officers. The areas were given on all highways. We shall amplify these same areas tomorrow for all to note and know.”

Police’s past Fika Salaama operations have reduced accidents on highways, especially Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara that had until 2016 been named one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

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