Hundreds of travelers to the Northern Uganda route were stranded last night when police impounded eight buses at Kamdini Checkpoint in Kamdini Town Council in Oyam District for violating the nighttime curfew.
The affected included Eastern Nile Coach registration number UAK/ 206G, Friendship Bus KCF/ 702G, Mega Express UBK/ 798P, and Real Bus UAM/ 834Y. Others are Makome Bus, Valley Bus and Felista registration numbers UAP/ 559H, UAR/ 655M and UAT/ 946B respectively, all from Kampala Capital to Gulu and Roblyn Bus registration number UAR/ 337M destined for Kampala from Gulu.
The buses reportedly left Kampala between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm and reached Kamdini Checkpoint between 11 pm and midnight. The majority of the passengers were business people who had traveled to Kampala to buy merchandise.
Traffic officers manning the checkpoint directed the driver to park at the roadsides leaving the passengers with no choice but to sleep in the buses or roam around the township. Cargo trucks other lorries, as well as private cars, were however allowed to pass the checkpoint as they head to their various destinations.
Police manning the roadblock released the buses at 4 am after cautioning the drivers against violating curfew time. One of the bus drivers who declined to be named, says that his bus was supposed to make a return journey from Gulu to Kampala on Wednesday morning, which he couldn’t do.