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Confusion marred the city centre as people found their way out of the city following the immediate closure of Buganda Road and The Square roads, as well as Parliamentary and Kimathi Avenues, the scenes of the two blasts.
A line of closed shops along Kampala Road
Businesses were suddenly closed in most of the Central Business District on Tuesday Morning, following two explosions in close succession in Kampala.

Confusion marred the city centre as people found their way out of the city following the immediate closure of Buganda Road and The Square roads, as well as Parliamentary and Kimathi Avenues, the scenes of the two blasts.

However, soon security started clearing Kampala Road and the surrounding areas, including Wilson and Burton Roads, Nakasero and Dewinton roads among others. As police enforced the closure of the roads, some business operators locked themselves inside the arcades, hoping for an easing of the situation later in the day. However, others were seen leaving after police allowed them passage.

In the more crowded business centres like Luwum, Ben Kiwanuka and Nakivubo roads, businesses remained open though many remained in fear of what could happen next. The Constitutional Square area was also cleared of the bus stages, which temporarily shifted to the Bombo Road- Kampala Road-Kyaggwe Road Junction in front of Watoto Church.  

Business came to a standstill in the upper side of the city as security personnel took over the streets, and directed all shops to close. But the business remained normal in the areas around Nakivubo, Nabugabo, Qualicel Bus Terminal and St. Balikuddembe Market, where arcades and roadside vendors were operating normally.

Eddie Ssebunya, a garment seller in Nabugabo said the threats were orchestrated to create panic and did not think that it was necessary for him to abandon his business at the time. Another trader who only identified herself as Fatima said that death is inevitable and can happen to even those who are rushing to abandon the city.

One taxi driver argued that abandoning the city was not an option since the bombs can explode from anywhere; in the city and its outskirts.