The Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola has ordered all Regional and Territorial police commanders to take action against all illegal assemblies and rallies organized by political candidates especially the presidential candidates across the country.
This was disclosed by Police spokesperson Fred Enanga during a security briefing held in Kampala on Monday.
According to Police, they have discovered that some presidential candidates are diverting from the planned venues and coming up with different arrangements which were not agreed upon with the Electoral Commission.
“The IGP has instructed the director of operations AIGP Edward Ochom and all zonal and territorial commanders to ensure all unauthorised rallies and assemblies are blocked,” Enanga revealed.
“Any territorial commander who fails and refuses to take the action necessary to protect the integrity of the electoral process and safety of their respective communities will definitely face sanctions,” he added.
Ochola tasked the officers to effectively use words of proclamation in the simplest language possible to maximize the effects of the proclamation.
The force of the words used in the proclamation, according to the police commander, must be guarded to the composition of the crowd. If the crowd consists of law abiding people, the proclamation requires minimum force and vice versa.
The commanders will also indicate the methods they will deploy in dispersing the crowds, routes and venues. “They will not just disperse people without warning.”
Before the dispersing commences, Ochola asked his men to alert those who want to vacate the venues to be allowed time.
In the same vein, Police was on Monday engaged in running battles with supporters of Hon Robert Kyagulanyi in Iganga, Mayuge and Bugiri districts.
Also, in Kasese district, Retired Gen. Henry Tumukunde was blocked from addressing illegal rallies and processions when he went for campaigning.