The blast walls, made of sacks filled with soil and sand, have been placed at the entrance to the quarter guard, where most of the severely injured police officers were attached. Other blast walls have been placed behind the perimeter wall on George Street opposite the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.
CPS shuttered windows
The Kampala Central Police Station (CPS) has
introduced blast walls in response to the November 16, suicide bombing that
left one policeman dead and 23 others injured.
The blast walls, made of sacks filled with
and sand, have been placed at the entrance to the quarter guard, where most of the severely injured police officers were
attached. Other blast walls have been placed behind the
wall on George Street opposite the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social
An army green shade has been placed on each of the explosion
guards. The blast guard at the entrance has been put where a metallic kiosk
that served as a checkroom was. The dark blue kiosk that was being used by
about five police officers checking and registering people seeking to access the police station was reduced to pieces by
the bomb blast.
All civilians regardless of their title or status are
walk through an automated metal detector that has been placed after the blast
Armed police officers have been maintained on Buganda
road where a yellow ribbon has been placed on one side of the road at a
distance of about 500 metres. The inquisitive police officers in Khaki uniform do not
allow any vehicle, motorcycle or pedestrian to stop within the radius they are
Access has been restricted to the parking behind the CPS’ main block which houses
three restaurants often frequented by civilians operating shops around Buganda
road, and visitors to police and Buganda
Road Chief Magistrates Court. One has to first answer very many questions in
order to access the eateries.
The parking area has partly been occupied with
three huge army green tents since the station now has military personnel residing in
the premises. CPS that was always crowded with impounded vehicles
and motorcycles is now in an open space. All cars involved in accidents are immediately
taken to the Inspectorate of Vehicles (IOV) opposite Nakawa Vocational Institute
along the Nakawa-Ntinda road.
Nevertheless, the window glasses that were shuttered by shrapnel
are yet to be fixed. A policeman told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that police
officers in offices whose windows were destroyed by fragments have been advised
to use their own money to replace them but keep expenditure receipts as they will be
refunded in the nearby future.
“Some of these officers can’t sit in their offices once it rains. It is only the key offices like the records room
that have been fixed with new glasses,” a policeman told URN.
Even though CPS’ security has been tightened, the situation is
quite different at other major police stations like Wandegeya, Old Kampala,
Kawempe and Katwe. For instance, Old Kampala is congested with cars and
hundreds of motorcycles in the compound. Because of the impounded motorcycles,
the station is occupied by many youths picking their motorcycles.
and women thoroughly check all persons before accessing the station premises. At
Wandegeya, a yellow ribbon has been put at the entrance where people are
questioned on what kind of services they are seeking before being let in.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.