The Police have warned traffic commanders against congesting
police stations with vehicle wreckages. Almost all police stations particularly
in Kampala are surrounded by the wreckage of motor vehicles and motorcycles
involved in accidents.
At Kampala Central Police Station –CPS, the wreckage of vehicles destroyed
beyond repair and those that were burnt are parked outside the stations
covering full lane of Buganda Road thus making it unusable to drivers.
Several Police Posts at Northern Bypass such as Kyebando and Kisaasi often have
vehicle wreckage surrounding them.
Charles Ssebambulidde, the traffic police spokesperson and former
traffic operations commander, said it is wrong to keep such wreckage at stations.
Ssebambulidde said all wreckage must be driven or pulled up to Inspection of
Vehicles–IOV centre at Naguru. This, according to Ssebambulidde, enables the
Inspector of Vehicles to examine the wreckage and make a report on the state of
the vehicle which includes a recommendation on whether to write it off or not.
//cue in “vehicle that is…
Cue out “…to IOV”//
Police said only vehicles waiting to be taken by owners should be parked at
Vehicles parked at stations, according to Ssebambulidde, should be
there for a short time and should not be parked on the road.
“Vehicles parked at stations should be those that are going to be taken by
owners. They must be there for a short time and should not be parked on the
road. If the parking lot is full, then they must be taken to IOV,”
A traffic officer at one of the police divisions within Kampala City said it is
almost impossible for all wreckage to be towed to IOV because there are few
police towing cars commonly known as breakdown compared to the number of
accidents recorded every day.
“In this City drivers and riders are drunk even during day time. Many drive
recklessly. Almost every hour we register an accident involving a vehicle or a
motorcycle. Who will be there to tow these wreckages to IOV every hour? Private
towing cars need instant money which you can’t charge from an accident victim,”
a traffic officer said.
Ssebambulidde insists that police towing cars must always be used to remove
wreckage from accident scenes purposely to ensure it is kept in the right
The 2019 traffic report shows KMP South that
covers Katwe, Kajjansi, Nateete, Nsangi, Kyengera, Entebbe all other regions in
Kampala metropolitan with 2,587 accidents meaning seven accidents were
registered every day.
Police add that not all vehicles at stations are of traffic-related incidents. Some
have been impounded for being used in criminal activities such as robbery,
theft, smuggling of goods, fraud and human trafficking.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.