Police Plans to Withdraw Officers from Controlling Traffic-Commander

The traffic Police is considering surrendering the role of controlling traffic flow in urban centers to wardens, the Acting Traffic Commander, Lawrence Niwabiine has revealed. According to Niwabiine, they are studying the traffic situation in Kampala City Authority-KCCA and other urban centers nationwide with the view of withdrawing traffic officers and passing on the role to traffic wardens.   

He says that the move is aimed at allowing the traffic officers to concentrate on their role of enforcing traffic regulations with the aim of stopping road carnage. “It is not the mandate of the Traffic Police to start controlling traffic for you to go and have lunch, or to go and have parties, wave jam for you to go and visit your girlfriends and boyfriends,” Nuwabiine said at a press briefing at the Naguru Police Headquarters Monday. 

He said that it’s high time for urban authorities such as Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA to start recruiting traffic wardens to take up their responsibilities. “This will help us to release enough manpower of traffic officers to do enforcement and carry out crash investigations, which are our two core activities and we wouldn’t like to miss that point. Maybe this will help us to deal with these indisciplined motorists perfectly,” Nuwabiine added.

The KCCA‘s Deputy Spokesperson, Robert Kalumba couldn’t be reached for comment after numerous attempts on their capacity to control traffic in the city. At the same media briefing, the Traffic Police spokesperson, Faridah Nampiima, said that they recorded over 830 road crashes that claimed more than 100 dead in the last week. She attributed most of the accidents to recklessly driving.

The 2022 Traffic crime report that was released last week indicated that 4534 people perished in 20394 road carnages that occurred last year.                    

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