Heavy Military Deployment Along Entebbe Road

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George Mukasa, a barber at Abaita Ababiri, said he has got fewer customers compared to the previous weekend leading to school opening.

There is heavy deployment of armed military police, regular police and crime preventer along Kampala-Entebbe Road ahead of the final declaration of the presidential election poll results.

A major roadblock, with metallic spikes, has been erected at Lubowa, where tough-looking security personnel are stopping vehicles randomly.  They check the interior of the vehicle and identities of particular individuals.

Walking on both sides of the road, the security forces are spaced about every 500 metres, fingers on the trigger. At Kajjansi trading centre, soldiers have taken over the pedestrian flyover. Traffic on the usually busy road is lighter with most of the vehicles heading towards Kampala than towards Entebbe.
 The anarchic traffic jam synonymous with the highway is nowhere. Entebbe Town, a usually sleepy town, is even sleepier as many people are keeping away. Most shops are closed. Residents are keeping closer to their homes and places of work. All trading posts along the road have less people than usual.

George Mukasa, a barber at Abaita Ababiri, said he has got fewer customers compared to the previous weekend leading to school opening. The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) headquarters at Najjanankumbi, along Entebbe Road, is deserted and the gate closed. Military police have been stationed on either sides of the complex.

The FDC headquarters was a chaotic scene on Friday after police stormed it and arrested the party leaders - Kizza Besigye, Mugisha Muntu, Wasswa Biriggwa and Ingrid Turinawe. The police battled party supporters for hours, bringing business in the area to a standstill. The debris left after the fracas is still littering the streets.


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