The Ugandan military Contingent commander in Somalia Brig Gen Keith Katungi oversees the area in which the Somali presidential elections will be held.
Brig Katungi was Thursday at the venue to brief and deploy his officers in the Somali capital Mogadishu as final preparations are finalized.
Security was heightened by Monday this week and the elections will be held on Monday, May 15.
Joint patrols among different Somalia security forces, including Somalia National Army (SNA) Somalia National police, and National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) were conducted within Mogadishu city.
Brig Gen Katungi is closely working with the National security election committee chairman Gen Abdi Hassan Hijar, who also doubles as the Police Chief of Somalia National Police (SNP).
According to Updf.go.ug, the inner security, including securing the venue, is under the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF).
The electorate comprises 372 Members of Parliament elected from federal member states. 275 are elected from regions by clan leaders and constitute the lower house, while 54 of the electorates form the upper house also known as the Senate.
Brig Gen Keith Katungi met several stakeholders including the newly elected speaker of the Upper House Abdi Hashi Abdullahi and briefed him on the security arrangements for the MPs among other issues.
Hashi thanked Brig-Gen Katungi for the work done since the election and swearing-in of the Speakers of both houses late last month.
“We are satisfied with the security arrangements so far,” Abdi told Gen Katungi.
Gen Katungi assured his soldiers of his full support and urged them not to hesitate calling him for clarification of any order.
“You have executed tougher tasks before, this isn’t any different,” he affirmed to them. “We are running the last lap as far as election security is concerned, so ‘Kaza mukanda’ (tighten your belt)."
More than 35 candidates have so far been cleared by the 17-member Parliamentary Task Force Election Committee under the chairmanship of Hon Abdulgani. They include the current president of the federal government of Somalia Mohammad Abdullahi Mohammad, popularly known in Somalia as ‘Farmajoo’ who is seeking re-election for a second term.