The Directorate of Traffic in the Uganda Police Force has rubbished reports making rounds that police has called off all highway and road traffic operations across the country.
In a statement, police said that “This is not correct. Actually, the Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety is streamlining its operations especially the ‘FIKA SALAMA’ operations by directing on areas where check points will be strictly mounted.”
Police said that specific areas have been given along major highways and no other check points will be expected and if it must be, then it will be cleared by Police headquarters.
In a follow up, chimp corps have this morning surveyed Masaka highway and established that a new Fika Salama Check point has been stationed in Lwera strech which has been a long time black spot on the highway.
Officers who preferred anonymity because they are not allowed to speak on behalf of the police said that new check point has been transferred from Lukaya.
They also confirmed that the move is part of the new streamlines in the operation.
Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima also said that the directorate’s action is also aimed at responding to complaints of extortion by some Traffic Officers.
The police action follows a direct attack by President Museveni on corruption within the traffic police.
President Museveni, while delivering national address on the fight against corruption, singled out the traffic police which is said to be one of the most bribed government departments.