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Security Heightened on Last Day of Lockdown, Hundreds Stranded in Kampala

The 42-day lockdown which was instituted by President Yoweri Museveni on June 18, 2021, ends today. At the time the lockdown was announced, COVID-19 infections and death rates had overwhelmed health facilities across the country. As a result, schools were once again closed, together with other congregational areas like Churches and shopping centres.
30 Jul 2021 10:31
Roadblock at Namirembe Road

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Hundreds of city dwellers are stranded at roadblocks around Kampala following heavy security deployment to stop the public from accessing the city centre on the last day of the lockdown.

The 42-day lockdown which was instituted by President Yoweri Museveni on June 18, 2021, ends today. At the time the lockdown was announced, COVID-19 infections and death rates had overwhelmed health facilities across the country. As a result, schools were once again closed, together with other congregational areas like Churches and shopping centres.

The President announced adjustments in curfew times to start at 7 pm and banned inter-district travel. As the days came to an end, multitudes of city dwellers started flocking the Central Business District, in anticipation of a reopening, at the end of the 42-days. President Yoweri Museveni is expected to address the country later today.

But police deployed heavily at major entries into the city stopping People from the centre of town. There are more than 40 police officers from regular police, traffic, Field Force Unit and military police deployed at Clocktower, along the Entebbe Road junction, a busy entry bringing in traffic from the areas of Entebbe, Nsambya, Gaba and parts of Makindye.

There are more roadblocks erected in the Central Business District to stop people from accessing the often busy area, three of them set up between clocktower and Mini Price. Only essential workers who can identify themselves and people with movement permits are allowed to cross through the busy checkpoints. Boda Bodas without cargo, cyclists who are not essential workers and pedestrians who do not have clearance are also denied access.

In Wandegeya, there is deployment at Mulago roundabout, at Public service and at Wandegeya Police Station, where police personnel are checking particulars of every person who attempts to cross to town.

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Alex Ashaba who vends masks in Mulago and Wandegeya is one of the people stuck at the Mulago roundabout. He says security won't allow them access Wandegeya except for those who can bribe their way out.

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Cue out...kugenda mukibuga."//

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Oweyesigyire says this is normal deployment but added that they have intelligence that some politicians are planning to lead demonstrations if the president doesn't lift the Lockdown.

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