Patrick Onyango, the Kampala police spokesperson and CP Mugisha say standard police checkpoints must have two tyre cutters placed on both sides of the road. Onyango says a checkpoint must be mounted where it can be seen by a driver at least a 100 metres ahead.
District and Division Police Commanders have been cautioned
against deploying roo many police officers at one roadblock. Traffic police director, Bazir Mugisha told Uganda Radio
Network said it is erroneous to deploy more than six traffic or general
police officers at one checkpoint.
Mugisha said DPC's should deploy the officers optimally to ensure that all places are catered for and that there is enough personnel for all shifts.
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Mugisha’s caution comes at a time of heavy deployment at roadblocks across the country, to enforce Presidential directives on containing the spread of coronavirus disease. The directives include a night-time curfew, the ban on both public and private transport and the suspension of public gatherings, among others, which have been in force for the last two months.
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Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson noted that standard
police checkpoints must have two tyre cutters placed on both sides of the road and mounted in a place where it can be seen by a driver
at least 100 metres ahead.
Onyango explains that tyres and furniture like tables and benches have been used
to stage roadblocks in this COVID-19 period because tyre cutters are very few.
Besides, each police post, a station must have a checkpoint near their areas of
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Onyango adds that a standard police checkpoint must be commanded by an officer
at least at the rank of Assistant Inspector of Police –AIP but in this COVID-19
era where roadblocks are too many, even non-commissioned officers are approved to take lead.
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Onyango says an officer who keeps watching as his colleague searches the
vehicle must be armed to protect him in case the driver being checked turns
violent or has a lethal weapon.
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.