Jinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Police in Kiira region on Friday, temporarily halted the ongoing curtain-raising activities ahead of 2021, MOSAC rally slated for tomorrow, within selected areas in Jinja and Mayuge districts respectively.
Dozens of police personnel sealed off Jinja Shell Petrol Station and directed drivers and mechanics engineers to vacate the premises, arguing that, their activities were unlawful.
One of the Field Force unit-FFU personnel told the angry drivers that, the rally organizers had failed to meet the recommended security protocols. This rally has attracted 30 drivers from the different motor sporting clubs within the country.
James Mubi, the Kiira Police Region Spokesperson says that the organizers have failed to produce a detailed safety plan, aimed at safeguarding communities from accidents.
“We have halted this activity until further notice, because, there’s no access control in the different areas listed within their route chat, there are no earmarked walkthroughs, which risks the lives of members living within the surrounding communities,” he says.
Mubi further says that there are no provisions of explosive sniffer dogs that would easily aid police personnel in eliminating bomb scares throughout the rallying period.
Mubi however says that the rally drivers will be cleared to continue with their activities, only if they fulfill the required security protocols on time.
Eastern Motor Club Publicity Secretary, Peter Brown says that there was miscommunication while designing the different routes, but efforts of engaging responsible stakeholders to address all the missing links ahead of the rally are ongoing.