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Dormant Checkpoints Allow Free Vehicle Movement in Buikwe, Mukono

On a daily basis, traffic jam continues to increase along the main road of Kampala-Jinja Highway especially between the section of Seeta to Mbalala trading center, with majority of the private vehicles seen travelling lacking travel stickers or permits from any authorities.
Vehicles traveling through Mukono central town.

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Relaxed supervision of checkpoints in the two districts of Mukono and Buikwe have propelled free movement of vehicles and motorcycles before the official lifting of the 42 days’ lockdown.

President Yoweri Museveni ordered establishment of strict checkpoints to stop unauthorised movement of people as well as reducing congestion in public places.

Now the relaxation has also given momentum to a number of businesses such as bars, trade zones and food markets within the two district to resume and operate normally.

On a daily basis, traffic jam continues to increase along the main road of Kampala-Jinja Highway especially between the section of Seeta to Mbalala trading center, however majority of the private vehicles seen travelling lack travel stickers or permits from local authorities.

URN has observed traffic officers manning various checkpoints looking on as vehicles freely move to various destinations while others spend most of their time scrolling  on their smartphones especially at the main checkpoint of Mukono located at Jobia stage.

The two checkpoints that had been established at the border point between Mukono and Buikwe to stop inter-district movement were removed and days pass without briefly mounting them.

Sharif Nsumba, a resident at Namagunga alleges that traffic officers decided to remove the checkpoint after bodaboda riders and trucker drivers severally threatened to knock them.

Moses Musasizi another resident at Mukono says driving is much safer than traveling on a motorcycle either to work or accessing basic necessities. He notes that the 42 days seems simple but very hard to people especially those with big families to stay at home without working.

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The head of security in Mukono, Fatuma Ndisaba who is also the Resident District Commissioner blames the lapse on security forces for relaxing on their duties especially when it comes to monitoring and implementing the standard operating procedures.

She wonders why they attend task force meetings and at the end act differently, she also warns other traffic officers involved in asking for bribes from travelers that they are forgetting their mandate.

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The Buikwe RDC Jane Francis Kagayi also attributes laxity to security officers in charge of implementing the SOPs. She admits that the task force is yet to cause the reprimand of officers acting contrary to the presidential directives.

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