Barely two months after, President Yoweri Museveni has reversed his directive and ordered the reinstatement of police roadblocks and checkpoints.
Museveni had directed prime minister Robinah Nabbanja to inform commanders of relevant security agencies that roadblocks had outlived their usefulness and now were responsible for causing delays in the transportation of goods and causing unnecessary traffic congestion.
As such the inspector general of police, Martins Okoth Ochola responded by directing district, division, station and unit commanders to swiftly remove the checkpoints and roadblocks in their respective jurisdictions.
However, Museveni has now indicated that ever since the roadblocks were moved, not only have incidents of cattle theft and transportation of contraband become the order of the night, but incidents of reckless driving have also increased on roads, thus leading to numerous crashes.
In order to reduce crime and restore sanity on the roads ahead of Christmas and New Year’s festivities, Museveni has directed Ochola to ensure checkpoints are erected in strategic areas.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed that Ochola has since directed territorial commanders to restore the checkpoints. However, Ochola has warned the police personnel against turning the checkpoints into a money-making opportunity. He said a police officer of a senior rank compared to those manning the roadblocks will be attached purposely to supervise their conduct.
Enanga said the checkpoints that are going to be reinstated will be backed up by motorized patrols to increase security for the traffic officers manning them. It should be remembered that some police officers especially in Luweero district were attacked at checkpoints. Constable Busingye died while constable Twinamatsiko was injured.
Source: The Observer