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Northern Bypass: Footbridge Users Demand For Lights

Esther Kakayi uses the footbridge at Kyebando from her church to her home during night hours. She told URN on Tuesday that there is a need for the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA to install lights on the footbridges to ensure the safety of the users.
30 Jun 2022 17:19

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The 22 Km Kampala Northern bypass comprises four-foot bridges to help pedestrians to cross the road safely without being crashed by the fast-moving traffic. The footbridges are located in Naalya, Kyebando, Kalerwe, and Ntinda areas. 

While the footbridges are a key component of the bypass, none of them has lights, which exposes the users to attacks by thugs under the cover of darkness. The bridges are also a meeting place for lovers during odd hours.

Esther Kakayi uses the footbridge at Kyebando from her church to her home during night hours. She told URN on Tuesday that there is a need for the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA to install lights on the footbridges to ensure the safety of the users.

Kakayi, who once fell victim to the attackers, says that used to be police deployment on the footbridge but the officers are no longer there.

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Rose Nalumansi, a student from Kololo Secondary School told URN that she is often disturbed by the men she finds on the footbridge whenever it gets dark yet she has no choice but to use the footbridge.

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Steven Magino, a boda-boda rider at Kalerwe footbridge wants the police to ensure all pedestrians use the footbridge to avoid accidents and protect the users at night. He reveals that the in-charge of the Kibe police post banned people who stand on top of the footbridge to avoid crime.

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Allan Ssempebwa, the spokesperson of the Uganda National Roads Authority, says that there is a plan of lighting up the Northern bypass and procurement is underway. According to Ssempebwa, the decision is aimed at reducing criminality along the road and helping the road users. 

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Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, says police conducted various operations along the road and rounded up several criminals, which helped the situation to normalize. He however said that the army and police will intensify night patrols to ensure the safety of all users.

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In January this year police conducted intensive operations along the Northern bypass under the command of Steven Tanui, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander. Police arrested ten suspects believed to have been behind the attack on motorists and pedestrians with pavers. Police said that the suspects were found with Marijuana, Knives, and stolen phones.