By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
The traffic department of the Uganda Police Force has announced that starting today, Monday 17, 2021, until Thursday, May 20, 2021, four roads around Parliament premises will not be accessible for four days as newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) take the oath. 529 MPs will be sworn into office during this period.
The affected roads, which will be inaccessible to motorists during this period, include Dewinton Road, Siad Barre Road, King George VI Way, and Kimathi Avenue.
“There will be diversions in areas surrounding Parliament: Parliament Avenue will be cut off at Kimathi Avenue, King George VI Way, Siad Barre, and Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) roundabout,” Norman Musinga, the Kampala Metropolitan traffic police commander, said in a statement.
Police said MPs-elect will access Parliament via King George VI Way and be dropped off at the main (southern) gate of Parliament, and their chauffeurs will proceed to park at the National Theatre.
After taking the oath of office under marquees in the southern parking yard of Parliament, the new legislators will exit through the eastern gate to board their parked cars at the National Theatre and exit through Dewinton Road.
Musinga said that MPs are allowed to strictly use one vehicle so no motorcades and supporters cars are allowed near Parliament and that anyone who violates the traffic rules and regulations will be dealt with in accordance with the Traffic and Roads Safety Act 1998.
By press time, MPs-elect have started taking their oaths of office and they are doing so in alphabetical order.
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