Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Dangerous spots you should avoid

KAMPALA- Police say during the festive season criminals work hardest and these are the spots in different parts of the country where they operate most.
Northern Bypass
The 21-kilometre road near the city centre is one of the most dangerous places in the city. The road has no lights at night and stretches of uninhabited wetlands, which gives room to criminals to operate freely. Pedestrians are advised not to use it late in the night.
Entebbe Road
Entebbe Road links people to prominent entertainment places. During the festive season, thousands flock these entertainment places. However, many consume much alcohol and then drive. Police say these drunk drivers often fail to drive on their lanes, thus knocking cars driving from the oppose side. Most accidents are reported around Katabi, Kibuye and Lubowa.
In the central region, criminals are very active, especially on the highways where they target travellers.
Mpigi District
On Kampala-Masaka Road, the section where Mpanga forest is located is the most dangerous, according to Mr Phillip Mukasa, the Katonga region police spokesman.
Criminals set up roadblocks and rob motorists. He said motorists carrying large sums of money should move during day time and seek police escorts.
Lwengo District
The road in Lwera may be straight and smooth, but heavily infested with criminals. Since it is smooth, many motorists drive recklessly, causing accidents.
Mityana District
Nswanjere near a man-made forest, Wabigalo and Kikonde Tea Estate are very risky areas. There are cases of rape, murder and robbery reported during festive seasons, especially at night.
Mubende District
Police in Mubende say revellers should avoid walking at night alone in Kiganda and Kibaati villages in Mubende Town Council. They are areas where lives and property can be easily lost to criminals.
Mukono and Buikwe Districts
The section of Jinja Highway which passes through Mabira Forest is an area where thugs rob travellers. This section of the road is also an accident blackspot.
Kamwenge District
Kakabala village on the road to Kamwenge District is a nightmare to many heavy truck drivers. With its sharp bends, many drivers lose control of their vehicles and they roll to the valley.
Kanyandungu on Fort Portal-Kamwenge road is a hilly place with has heavy traffic, but it is dilapidated. As trucks struggle to climb the slope, criminals offload merchandise from them.
Sebitoli near Kibaale Forest on Kampala-Kyenjojo road is another place where criminals rob people.
Jinja District
Police on Jinja-Iganga Road are always registering cases of robbery and accidents around Kakira. It is a place surrounded by sugarcane plantations, which aids criminals’ escape after committing the crimes.
Mr Sam Lubega, the Busoga region police spokesman, says Kazimingi village especially near the railway line in Walukuba, Jinja District, is a safe haven for criminals. Mr Lubega says if revellers are to use it during the festive season, they should move in a big group.
Budaka District
Kamonkoli is known to be a spot that many vehicles are involved in head-on collision. Most accidents are caused by vehicle connecting to the Iganga-Mbale road.
Kiryandongo District
Kafu-Gulu road stretch, which is under construction and often covered by dust, prevents motorist from seeing objects near them, casing accidents.