KAMPALA – The Uganda Police Force has issued traffic guidelines ahead of President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni’s swearing-in ceremony.
Uganda’s longest and oldest serving President will take oath of office for the sixth consecutive, five-year term on Wednesday – May 12 at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.
Norman Musinga, the Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander told journalists on Monday that most of the roads heading to Kololo will be out of bounds for motorists without authorized stickers.
The section of Acacia Avenue stretching from John Babiha Road to the Golf Course will be out of bounds for any vehicle without a sticker and all boda boda riders.
All truck drivers have been advised to use alternative routes.
Invited Members of Parliament-elect are advised to park their vehicles at parliament from where designated buses will pick them and transport them to the venue.
Meanwhile, residents of Kololo who wish to exit the area will be diverted at Upper Kololo to Acher Road through which they will join Jinja road.
Musinga, however, says traffic flow along the Kampala-Jinja highway will not be affected.
Speaking to press earlier, ICT Minister Judith Nabakooba said that the organisers of the event had invited, slightly over 4000 guests; – including 21 heads of state – in close consideration to the Health Ministry’s guidelines against the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures – SOPs.
The function will attract attendance from 17 delegates and CEC members within the National Resistance Movement structures; Members of Parliament and members of the East African Legislative Assembly; former presidential candidates in the January 14 exercise; diplomats accredited to Uganda; outgoing ministers; religious leaders as well as notable members of the business community and civic organisations.
According to SOPs in place, political gatherings are restricted to only 200 people but Nabakooba was opportunistic that guests would be seated in smaller groups that do not threaten their lives – especially after taking the necessary precautions – including the testing for Covid-19.