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Police Spokesperson, Emilian Kayima addressing journalists. Courtesy Photo

Police Warns on Violence Ahead of LC Polls

Addressing a weekly press conference at Central Police Station (CPS) Kampala on Monday, Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima said that some candidates have reportedly mobilized rowdy youth gangs while others have ‘Kanyamas’ whom they want to use to cause confusion on polling day.
posted onJuly 9, 2018
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By Fred Kiva

KAMPALA. Police says it has information that some candidates are planning to cause chaos during tomorrow's Local Council polls.

Addressing a weekly press conference at Central Police Station (CPS) Kampala on Monday, Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima said that some candidates have mobilized rowdy youth gangs while others have ‘Kanyamas’ whom they want to use to cause confusion on the polling day.

"We have been told that there are some candidates intimidating voters, others are moving with youth gangs and Kanyamas. Uganda Police and sister security agencies are fully prepared to handle any candidates or agents causing disorder during elections," Kayima said, revealing that police has reports of such candidates in Kisenyi and other areas around the City. 

The police Spokesperson emphasized that voters must be allowed to peacefully line up behind candidates of their choice, adding that police would be deployed at all polling centers to ensure that the voting exercise goes well.

"Operational orders have been given and briefings made to territorial commanders. We shall deploy at all centers where elections are going to take place. We shall also have motorized and foot patrols," He said.

Ugandans will on Tuesday July 10, 2018 go for polls to elect their local council leaders, about 17 years since the last election was held. The impending exercise has triggered both excitement and anxiety as villages and cells gear up to choose their leaders.

Kayima also urged the public to be extra security cautious ahead of the World Cup Semi-finals and finals this week. With memories of the 2010 terrorist attack still fresh, Kayima urged football venue operators and fans to observe security guidelines during and after the games.

Terrorists attacked Ethiopian Village Kabalagala and Kyadondo Rugby Grounds in July 2010 as football fans watched World Cup finals. Scores were killed and others injured in the twin explosions.

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