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Heavy Security Deployment in Gulu City Ahead of Elections

The armed personnel comprising of soldiers of the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF), Uganda Police Force and Special Police Constables (SPCs) numbering more than 15 in each group have been patrolling the major streets of Gulu City

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There is heavy deployment armed security personnel in Gulu City ahead of tomorrow’s presidential and parliamentary elections. 

The armed personnel comprising of soldiers of the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF), Uganda Police Force and Special Police Constables (SPCs) numbering more than 15 in each group have been patrolling the major streets of Gulu City since morning.

Major Telesphor Turyamumanya, the Fourth Division Barracks Army Spokesperson says that the security deployment is a signal to anyone that may plan to cause insecurity to the people ahead of the voting date.   

Telesphor noted that as security they will not take chances to see unsuspected rowdy people or even politicians disturbing the peace within the city noting that intelligence report has it that some people want to stage illegal roadblocks within the City area.  

He explained that the deployment will be maintained before, during and after the elections to ensure sanity and maximum security in all corners of Gulu City and throughout. 

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But Michael Okello, a businessman in Gulu City protested the deployment noting that it is intimidating to people and only meant to cause fear and panic.   

While addressing journalists from the Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) on Wednesday Patrick Jimmy Okema the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson warned that anyone who will want to cause chaos during the elections risks taking a bullet.   

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), religious, elders and political heads have called for a non-violent election.

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