Police: Swearing-in MPs must have one car

Kampala traffic chief; Norman Musinga

The traffic police will enforce strict adherence to the requirement for members of Parliament going for their swearing-in to access Parliament with only one car and three people, Norman Musinga, the unit’s commandant in the Kampala metropolitan area has said.

Swearing-in of the 527 members of the 11th Parliament kicks off on Monday, May 17, and will go on till May 20 at the Parliament of Uganda buildings.

To avoid being turned away, Musinga has warned, the new MPs must avoid the pomp that characterized such previous events. This is intended to avoid congestion at Parliament.

According to guidelines, police intend to mount some traffic diversions in areas surrounding parliament, like Parliamentary Avenue that will be cut off at Kimathi Avenue, King George VI Street, Siad Barre and UBC roundabout respectively.

The MPs will access parliament via King George VI Street and be dropped off at the main gate, and then motor vehicles will proceed to the designated parking at the National theatre.

After swearing-in, they will proceed to the parking via Parliament’s eastern gate opposite the National theatre and exit through Dewinton road. All motorists unrelated to the function are advised to avoid Kimathi avenue, Parliamentary avenue, Siad Barre and Dewinton roads.

Meanwhile, traffic police have also warned all people that parking along the road or near parliament is prohibited, any abandoned vehicles shall be towed to central police Kampala yard at the owners’ cost and inconvenience.

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