Traffic heading to the Namugongo Martyrs’ Shrines was a nightmare as roads leading to the premises from the Kyaliwajala Trading Centre were closed off.
Vehicles sought alternative routes popularly known as ‘panyas’ while walking to the shrines became the best option for many pilgrims and non-pilgrims who happened to be in the vicinity of the shrines.
Drivers were forced to use murram feeder roads to access the Catholic and Anglican Martyrs’ Shrines at Namugongo.
The road to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine near the church premises from the Kyaliwajala Trading Centre was closed off two days ago, with only vehicles accredited by police allowed access to the road.
Police says the road diversions are necessary to maintain security during the Martyrs’ Day celebrations and also manage parking for members of the public.
However, as shortcuts turned out to be even longer routes, some road users expressed displeasure wondering why their businesses and movements should be disrupted by the celebrations.