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Security Screening Motorists on Major Highways

There are three checkpoints along Kampala-Hoima highway. One of the checkpoints is at Nkowe, another in Wakiso trading centre and another next to Namayumba town council. The other checkpoints have been erected at Buloba on Mityana road, Jeeza in Mpigi district and Wabigalo in Mityana municipality.
14 Jan 2021 15:02
There are dozens of security checkpoints along major highways leading to Kampala and its neighbouring towns. The checkpoints have been erected along Masaka-Kampala, Mityana-Mubende and Kampala-Hoima highways. There are three checkpoints along Kampala-Hoima highway.

One of the checkpoints is at Nkowe, another in Wakiso trading centre and another next to Namayumba town council. The other checkpoints have been erected at Buloba on Mityana road, Jeeza in Mpigi district and Wabigalo in Mityana municipality.

Security has maintained the usual checkpoints on Masaka highway with heightened deployment. According to our reporter, the checkpoints are being manned jointly by traffic police, the army and Local Defense Unit personnel. The officers are checking the trunks of both public and private vehicles and ask the occupants where they are going before allowing them through.

The officers have also impounded some vehicles, whose owners who were found flouting the Standard Operating Procedures. Apollo Asimwe, a driver along Kampala-Hoima highway complained of delays at the checkpoints, saying he spent about minutes at each roadblock yet he was heading to his polling station to vote.

Our reporter and his driver were asked to disembark from their vehicle at Namayumba asked where they were heading too.  There is also heavy deployment around Pump fuel stations in Wakiso.  

In Agoga, the army rushed to deploy at Ajali and Akede primary polling stations following protests by voters over late delivery of voting materials that arrived around 11 am. In Sembabule district, polling started around 11 am because of the early morning rain.  Despite the tense campaigns, no incident has been reported.