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Security heightened in Kampala markets, major roads

Security checkpoints at Wandegeya police station

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Military personnel have been deployed at all major road junctions in Kampala City. 

In the City centre, there is a visible security presence at Wandegeya traffic lights, Clock Tower, Shoprite traffic lights, Kibuye roundabout, Bombo road junction, Nsambya traffic lights and Jinja Road.

At all the junctions, Boda-Boda riders are not allowed to go beyond the checkpoints. At Wandegeya, motorcyclists are diverted to Makerere-Nakulabye road. Roads leading to Nakasero near the State House have been blocked from being used by both motorcyclists and drivers.

Security has also deployed heavily along Jinja road, Lugogo bypass and several parts of the Nakawa Ntinda area. 

At Bweyogerere and Kireka trading centre, military, police and the Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel are stationed at the trading centre, while more than six double cabin pickups are seen carrying armed security officers.

At least two security officers are seen on motorcycles patrolling the Jinja highway, areas from Ntinda, Spear Motors among others. On several junctions like the Lugogo Bypass, security forces are seen patrolling on foot.

There was a heavy traffic Jam between Jinja Road traffic lights and the Electoral Commission offices as cars transporting delegates to the swearing-in branched off towards Kololo grounds from the roundabout.

Petrol stations in Nakulabye, Bwaise, Kawempe, Mengo, Wandegeya, Kampala road and Jinja road are being guarded by military, general duty police, Field Force Unit and some counter-terrorism personnel.

Security at markets has also not been neglected. There is police and military at entrances of markets such as Wandegeya, Kasubi, USAFI and St Balikuddembe commonly known as Owino. In Kisekka market which is known to be a centre of chaos currently has a calm atmosphere. Military and police are also on high alert on road leading to Kisekka market.



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