Traffic Gridlock as Multitudes Join Kampala City Carnival

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Blocked roads include Jinja road up to Bombo road where the main festivities for the carnival are taking placing. While the road is the major route to the Old and New Taxi parks, traffic officers have been diverting vehicles to other routes.

The closure of major roads leading to Kampala city center due to the Annual City Carnival has created traffic gridlock.

Blocked roads include Jinja road up to Bombo road where the main festivities for the carnival are taking placing. While the road is the major route to the Old and New Taxi parks, traffic officers have been diverting vehicles to other routes.

At the Jinja road round about, vehicles have been forced to make U-turns while public service vehicles including taxis have been diverted towards Bugolobi, Industrial Area and Nsambya in order to access the taxi parks and other suburbs surrounding the city.

The situation is comparable at Bombo road as cars had to make U-turns towards Wandegeya, Makerere Hill road and Sir Apollo Kaggwa road to access the taxi parks. The Jinja Road-Golf course road has also been blocked for the rally drivers' race.

Hundreds of passengers have been forced to walk towards the parks or use motorcycles to access the other areas.

Michael Odong, a resident of Kyambogo says the diversions are inconveniencing due to the delays on the road. Rose Nantume, a resident of Mutungo, who was heading to Namasuba on Entebbe road, says she had to part with extra money to pay for a monocycle to the taxi park.

George Were, who says he was heading to his office on Bombo road, is among the motorists who were turned away by traffic police. "They should have at least created a passage for us to access our offices," Were said.

Cissy Nandujja however says she left home knowing that there would be traffic disruptions.

"I am traveling to Masaka at 6pm so I decided to come to town early so I can avoid delays," Nandujja told Uganda Radio Network.

One of the traffic officers manning traffic flow at Jinja road who declined to be named says the public was warned about the diversions and should have planned better.

The Festival kicked off yesterday with motorsport and will conclude today with massive exhibitions, performances and celebrations in the city center.