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Cablegate: Travel Alert - Uganda

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UNCLAS STATE 094924

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC ASEC KPAO PREL UG
SUBJECT: TRAVEL ALERT - UGANDA

1. The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the
violent demonstrations stemming from political friction
between the central government and the authorities of
Buganda, which is a vestige of a pre-modern kingdom
located in central Uganda, inclusive of Kampala. This
Travel Alert expires on November 10, 2009.

2. As a result of these demonstrations, travel within
the downtown central business district of Kampala and
surrounding areas is severely restricted, and U.S.
citizens should be aware that spontaneous demonstrations
can occur without notice. This potential for violent
demonstrations will remain throughout the weekend of
September 12-13, and may extend into the following week.

3. The Kampala-Entebbe road that connects the Entebbe
International Airport and Kampala was closed several
times on September 10, and some roads leading north from
Kampala were sporadically closed. These sporadic
closures are expected to continue to occur through the
weekend, and perhaps beyond. This means travel to and
from the airport may be severely restricted and may
cause lengthy delays. U.S. citizens planning to travel
out of Entebbe International Airport should be sure to
give themselves at least four (4) hours to get to the
airport from Kampala.

4. U.S. citizens should be aware that even peaceful
gatherings and demonstrations can turn unexpectedly
violent. U.S. citizens in Uganda should remain aware of
their surroundings, monitor and assess their own
security situations at all times, and avoid large public
gatherings, protests, and demonstrations. U.S. citizens
are encouraged to report unusual events or activities to
the U.S. Embassy.

5. U.S. citizens with questions or concerns may
telephone the Consular Section of the U.S. Mission in
Uganda at (256) (0) (414) 259 791 or (256) (0) (414) 306
001. In the case of an emergency outside business
hours, or during any suspension of public services, U.S.
citizens may reach the U.S. Mission duty officer at the
same numbers.

6. For the latest security information, citizens living
or traveling abroad should regularly monitor the
Departments Bureau of Consular Affairs internet website
at: http://travel.state.gov/, where the current
Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and
Country Specific Information can be found. Up-to-date
information on security can also be obtained by calling
1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, or, for
callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line
at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8
a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday
(except U.S. Federal Holidays).

7. U.S. citizens are advised to register and update
their contact information with the U.S. Mission in
Kampala. The U.S. Embassy is located at Plot 1577 Ggaba
Road. The phone number is (256) (0) (414) 306 001 or
(256) (0) (414) 259 791, fax (256) (0) (414) 258 451,
email: KampalaUSCitizen@state.gov, and U.S. Embassy
Kampala website: http://kampala.usembassy.gov.

8. Minimize considered.
CLINTON

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