By Abraham Kizza
Police with sister security agencies have been heavily deployed in Arua district to ensure the Municipality Member of Parliament by-election goes on smoothly, Police has said.
Patrick Onyango, Deputy Police Spokesperson while addressing a weekly press conference at Central Police Station (CPS) Kampala on Monday said the security situation in Arua and the surrounding districts is generally stable.
The by-election will be held on Wednesday (August 15, 2018) to replace late Ibrahim Abiriga who was gunned down by unknown assailants in June, together with his body guard and brother as the legislator returned home in Kawanda, Wakiso District.
“The campaign for this election is going on smoothly and no major incident has so far been registered,” Onyango said.
He adds that Uganda Police Force and its sister security agencies have carried out a thorough analysis of this by-election plus putting up measures to help in securing this election effectively.
Onyango says they have enhanced Police visibility in the black spots of Arua.
“We shall continue with high visibility and community policing to detect and curtail any crime that may disrupt the exercise,” he said adding “We have deployed standby Public Order Management Force at strategic locations to timely respond to any forms of public disorder.”
The Deputy Spokesperson says that Police has enhanced deployment of both overt and covert Forces plus deploying of both static and mobile Forces to guard vital installations including office of Electoral Commission, party offices and vulnerable places.
Onyango warns those who are planning to threaten or intimidate voters or engaging in electoral malpractice that they will be arrested and charged in courts of law.
“We have received reports that there are some people who have been ferried from various parts of the country to Arua municipality either for purposes of causing confusion to disrupt the exercise or to intimidate voters. We want to urge them to desist from their plan because we are alert and we shall deal with them as the law prescribes,” he said.
There are twelve candidates vying for Arua Municipality parliamentary seat.
These include former East Africa Legislative Assembly member, Nusura Tiperu (NRM), Mr Bruce Musema (FDC), Mr Jaffar Alekua (Jeema), Mr Kennedy Madira (DP), former Terego MP Kassiano Wadri (Independent), Mr. Francis Elton Nyero (Independent), Mr. Sunday Anguandia (Independent) among others.