“These stickers have very specific security features. Our officers with their phones can be able to detect if it’s a forged sticker or it’s a real one. I know some people may be warming up to go on Nasser Road and make prints of these but don’t think that our officers are not well informed on the road,” Wamala said.
The minister of Roads, Works and Transport, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala has cautioned against the forgery of stickers that government
is issuing to emergency service providers that were exempted from the ban on vehicle
Speaking at the Uganda Media
Center, this afternoon, Katumba Wamala said anyone caught with a forged sticker will among other things
have his/her car impounded.
He added that If anybody tries to forge the stickers,
they will be caught because the authentic ones have been fitted with security
features that make it easy to be identified.
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Meanwhile, Wamala also said that any vehicle owner
including those of government, who is given a sticker must not drive outside
the Kampala Metropolitan Area. He said those who wish to travel upcountry, must
get express permission from the Minister of Works.
“These stickers are for the greater Kampala
Metropolitan Area, they don’t give you authority to drive outside. We shouldn’t
transfer the disease upcountry,” Wamala said.
He also added that the sticker doesn’t
give its bearers an exemption to drive beyond the 7pm or anytime before 6:30 a.m.
For the sake of the districts outside the Kampala
Metropolitan Area, Wamala said, their Taskforces headed by Resident District
Commissioners will decide according to the guidelines of the
presidents, those critical services in the district that must remain open
during the current lockdown and issue them with stickers.
The minister also clarified that the issued stickers
are not transferable from one car to another.
“If we find that card in the vehicle, which it was
not registered, we shall confiscate that card because that’s a violation,” Wamala said.
He also told all drivers to move with their employment
IDs, National IDs and driving permits and produce them to the security whenever
they are stopped.
On Monday, President Yoweri Museveni decreed a 14-day lockdown of the country
restricting vehicle movement to only the essential services like the media, security,
medical personnel, banks and utility companies among others.