While cargo trucks, pickups and motorcycles were given a green light to easily proceed, occupants of private vehicles and pedestrians who were not in the category of essential workers were tasked to adduce movement permits.
Khalid Muyingo, the chairperson of Jinja taxi operators’ association who spoke on behalf of all drivers in the region says that the reason of the protest is tasking them to pay old fines which had been phased out in 2016.
Farouk Isabirye, the Bugonda Village Defense Secretary, says children within the affected areas are yet to commence studies because the only alternative they have is boats, which are costly. Each pupil requires Shillings 2000 to ride on a boat.
According to the 2017 Annual Crime and Road Safety Report, pedestrians were the biggest victims of road accidents. At least 1,319 out of the 3,500 people killed in road accidents last year were pedestrians while 2,135 of the 10,420 injured persons were pedestrians. Drunkards, minors and school going children being the most affected.