It may be one of Uganda's most important and guarded roads, but the mess that is Kampala-Entebbe Road is rubbing many travelers the wrong way. The road is currently being used selectively to allow local and foreign dignitaries an easy ride at the expense of other motorists and travelers ahead of the swearing in ceremony of president, Yoweri Museveni for his fifth term of office on Thursday.
The narrow two-lane road is already overwhelmed by traffic meaning any additional traffic simply worsens an already bad situation. Traffic police have deployed at several locations, forcefully diverting mainly traffic from Entebbe towards Kampala to the narrow, muddy feeder roads.
On Tuesday, the traffic gridlock started at 6:00 am and only cleared at 10:00 PM. The jam started from the Zana roundabout to Namulanda. This morning, traffic built up along the entire Entebbe-Zana stretch. There were also several diversions at Mpala, Kitala, Kawuku, Kitende, Kajjansi, Lweza. Only government vehicles and other 'special ones' are being allowed to use the highway.
Some motorists were diverted to use the under-construction Kampala-Entebbe expressway only to be blocked by the contractors. The road builders put a barricade at Kajjansi ring, forcing motorists back on the old highway only to be diverted again towards Bunamwaya.
On Monday, the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, said the expressway would be entirely opened up to motorists.
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Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network that motorists and travelers along Kampala-Entebbe Road will endure the inconvenience up to Friday.
According to Onyango, motorists need to plan their travel well in order to avoid getting entangled in the gridlock. On Monday, the chief of traffic police, Steven Kasiima, advised tourists and other people traveling via Entebbe Airport to start their journey in time.
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Security on the highway is tight with tough looking and well-armed military police manning the entire stretch.
Fares on the road have shot up from 3,000 to 8,000 Shillings.