Traffic police in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, have closed several roads in the city to facilitate the movement of VIPs to and from President Yoweri Museveni’s 79th birthday celebrations on Friday.
The birthday celebrations have attracted an estimated 100,000 guests, including Ugandans from the capital and other parts of the country.
Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander, Senior Superintendent Godwin Arinaitwe, said on Thursday that attendees unable to use the closed roads can park their vehicles at designated parking spots in Kampala and walk the rest of the distance to the venue of the festivities.
He also said that traffic police will redirect Ugandans inconvenienced by the road closures to alternative routes.
“If you are coming from Entebbe side you can use Kampala Road, Jinja road traffic lights, Lugogo bypass, and pass at KCCA grounds,” Arinaitwe said.
“We appeal to the public to adhere to this traffic flow plan and other guidelines,” he added.
President Museveni’s actual birthday is on 15 September.
The Friday festivities have been organised by youth from Mr. Yoweri Museveni’s ruling National Resistance Movement political party.
On 2 September, city leaders led a clean-up of Kampala and Kololo Independence Grounds, where the celebrations are happening, in preparation for the birthday event.