By Our Reporter
President Museveni has directed the Inspector General of Police to reinstate all police roadblocks and checkpoints on Highways.
This was revealed by the Police Spokesperson, ACP Fred Enanga while addressing the Media at Naguru Police Headquarters on the state of security in the country.
“With guidance from President Kaguta Museveni, the IGP has instructed the Director of Operations to reinstate all police roadblocks and checkpoints,” said Enanga.
According to Enanga, during the period with which the roadblocks were removed, a vacuum was created giving leeway to wrong elements and criminals to commit crimes and escape.
The latest instruction on police roadblocks is a U-turn considering that in early October, 2022, President Museveni instructed Prime Minister, Robinah Nabanjja to order for the removal of all roadblocks on the highways.
President Museveni had then argued that roadblocks jeopardise the free movement of goods and services across the East African Community member States.
Museveni has been vocal against roadblocks, saying they do not help in crime detection, but provide a fertile ground for corruption and delay of movement of goods.
The business community welcomed the presidential directive on removal of roadblocks arguing that although the roadblocks act as a security tool to detect movement of criminals, the enforcers had turned it into non-tariff barriers.