Friday, 13 May 2016
Sections of Entebbe-Kampala highway were diverted ahead of the swearing in ceremony. It took motorists two and half hours making a journey of 10kms, this is the same time you need to drive from Kampala to Jinja which is 80kms.
The highway was reserved for dignitaries that were jetting into the country for the event that takes place once every five years. Most commuter taxis did not operate and those very few that did, the prices were going through the roof, boda-boda riders wished everyday was like this, they put two passengers on a bike and in some instances three with each paying between 10 to 30 thousand shillings, otherwise, you walk.
Many were seen trekking to town and those who were driving, it was a bumper to bumper situation, petrol stations were not even selling fuel to those who came with jerrycans, it was a double tragedy for those that stalled along the road.
In the taxi park, a journey that normally costs shs3000 was going for shs5000 which is fairly okay provided you were going all the way to Entebbe, however, if you were stopping in between, you could easily be dropped in Kisubi and yet your destination was Segukku.
In down town Kampala, FDC's Kizza Besigye made a brief appearance leading to running battles between the military police and those that were pelting them with stones. All shops were closed in the process, so if your going to town was to end up in these places and on getting there, the place is closed or you are caught up in running battles not forgetting what you went through while coming to town assuming you were on Entebbe road, this must have been an experience.
It's a different story for those who had to catch a flight in this period, we would love to hear from all of you Entebbe-Kampala road of what your experience was while trying to to come to town or even back.
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