The Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola has come out strongly warned political candidates that are planning to cause anarchy during and after elections next.
Ochola said this during the joint press briefing of Police and sister security agencies about the Election security preparedness of the country.
He noted that currently there are some candidates who even without evidence are already questioning the outcome of the Elections.
“Therefore, if such candidates lose, some of their supporters who strongly believe in them are planning on holding disruptive and violent demonstrations and riots, civil unrest, and foreign disinformation campaigns,” Ochola said
“Similarly, some of the radical youth groups are actively involved in intimidation and threatening behavior, to discourage rival voters from participating in the Elections.”
In addition, the police commander revealed that despite the Electoral Commission guidelines on polling day, some candidates are urging their supporters to go in large numbers to monitor the Polling Centres on false claims of Election fraud.
“There is no evidence of voter fraud, but some politicians are using the propaganda to incite violence based on these false claims.” said the IGP.
Meanwhile, all Ugandans that are participating in the electoral process have been assured that Police and sister security agencies will protect and serve them, in a very impartial, fair and transparent manner.
Ochola said the process of securing the 2021 Elections was embarked two years back, when an Inter Agency Security Master Plan working group was created. It comprised of the Police, UPDF, Prisons Services, JIC etc.
This Task Team came up with a Security Master Plan, which met the highest standards of election security, integrity and preparedness.
“I do reiterate that we shall deliver a peaceful election to all Ugandans and visitors to our country.” Said Ochola.
Reports indicate that several security gaps have been addressed following what happened during the violent riots and demonstrations. And now they have a multilayered security response of patrol groups on foot, motor cycles and patrol vehicles.