David Ongom Mudong, the East Kyoga Region Police Spokesman, says the purpose of the inspection is to reduce road carnage during this festive season. He explains that all vehicles violating traffic regulations will be impounded and owners charged accordingly.
East Kyoga police have stepped up inspections along the main
roads in Soroti, Kumi and Kalaki districts as Christmas draws closer. Besides
the Police checkpoint at Awoja Bridge, along Soroti- Mbale Road, another checkpoint
has been erected at the border between Ngora and Kumi and a few others before
Fika Salama, between Bukedea and Mbale districts.
Police have also reinstated checkpoints along Moroto Road, a
few meters after UCC and along Lira Road, after Obuku center. All vehicles going through the checkpoints
are inspected before they are allowed to proceed with their journeys.
David Ongom Mudong, the East Kyoga Region Police Spokesman, says the purpose of
the inspection is to reduce road carnage during this festive season. He
explains that all vehicles violating traffic regulations will be impounded and
owners charged accordingly.
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While issuing security guidelines ahead of Christmas on Friday, Mudong said
that this Christmas holiday isn’t business as usual. He urged the community to
observe the Standard Operating Procedures- SOPs during celebrations. He noted
that the police will crack a whip on all social gatherings during Christmas and
new year celebrations in the region.
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By the time of filing this story, more than 10 passenger vehicles had been
impounded along Mbale road for violating traffic regulations. Some of the
drivers did not have updated driving permits, others had overloaded while some
were seen over speeding.
According to Rev. Samuel Ediau, the Soroti Diocesan Secretary, most of the
activities like music festivals, children’s party and overnight prayers have
been suspended this year because of COVID-19. This has been the practice at St.
Peter’s Cathedral over the years during Christmas season.