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Kampala: Security Beefed Up Ahead of Presidential Nominations

As the presidential nominations draw closer, police and sister security agencies have assured that the safety and security of all the aspirants, other stakeholders and the successful conduct of the exercise, remains a top priority for the Joint Task Forces.

The Police’s director of operations AIGP Edward Ochom on Sunday said so far there is no credible threat directed towards the presidential nominations.

However, as security he said, they consider the nominations a potential target for threats and other vulnerabilities that could significantly affect the entire exercise.

As such, Ochom says, they expect acts of civil disobedience such as sabotage, street violence strikes and demonstrations, defiance campaigns, provoking security forces into violent confrontations, intimidation and minor criminal activity such as; simple robbery, looting, vandalism and pick pocketing.

“We would like to inform and reassure all the Presidential Aspirants that their safety and security is guaranteed. The Joint Security Agencies have spent considerable time planning for the nominations, and we do feel confident about countering all forms of threats and security hazards,” he said

In the security master plan, Ochom revealed that they have developed a multi-agency tactical response; before, during and after the nominations, which involves a mix of highly visible and non-visible resources, deployed in and around the venue, to detect, deter and disrupt any range of criminal activity.

In addition, police has placed specialist teams at selected locations, others patrolling in rapid reaction formations, CCTV monitoring teams, dedicated K9 teams, crowd dispersal teams, to counter all forms of illegal activities and violent demonstrations, that could compromise public safety and public security.

The Director warned some presidential aspirants against violating the set guidelines so as to avoid being inconvenienced through arrests.

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“For those political actors and groups that are still defiant and mobilizing Boda Boda riders and militias onto the streets; and ferrying supporters from upcountry into illegal processions and rallies; we are closely monitoring them.” said Ochom

“Any Presidential Aspirant who mobilizes boda bodas for a procession risks being arrested including those boda boda riders.We have plans to respond proportionately, in the face of violent crime, which may include the use of teargas to disperse these violent groups and arrest the culprits for prosecution.”

Traffic in Kampala esspecially Jinja road will be diverted from spear motors junction and Kireka for all motorists including boda bodas.

Only accredited and authorised motor vehicles will be allowed access to the nomination venue in Kyambogo university.

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