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Military, Police Commanders Meet Over Presidential Nominations

“This meeting is for the general security of Kampala but top on our agenda is the presidential nominations. We have received intelligence that some presidential aspirants are rallying their supporters to stand on all roads as they will be going for nomination. We can’t take any chances on that,” a senior security officer said as he headed into the meeting.
Military Police blocking part of Buganda Road
Top military and police commanders in Kampala are meeting to plan ahead of the presidential nominations scheduled for next week.    

By the time of publishing this story, the commanders from Military Police, Land Forces, Local Defense Units and Field Force Unit were meeting at the upper side of City Square gardens to lay strategies of handling the anticipated chaos during the two day’s presidential nomination exercise. 

Among the top commanders, Uganda Radio Network sighted at the meeting are Col. Keith Katungi, the commandant of Military Police, the UPDF First Division commander, Maj Gen Samuel Kawagga, Kampala Metropolitan Police commander, Moses Kafeero and Division Police Commanders –DPCs  Security had blocked part of Buganda Road to prevent movements that could antagonize the commander’s meeting.

Armed personnel could be seen diverting vehicles.  A senior security official said the commander had convened because of the public announcements by some aspirants that they would hold processions while others are already rallying their supporters to turn up in big numbers. 

“This meeting is for the general security of Kampala but top on our agenda is the presidential nominations. We have received intelligence that some presidential aspirants are rallying their supporters to stand on all roads as they will be going for nomination. We can’t take any chances on that,” a senior security officer said as he headed into the meeting. 

On Tuesday, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango warned that no presidential aspirant will be allowed to hold a procession. “We are getting information that some presidential aspirants are mobilising thousands of their supporters to escort them for nominations next week. Any presidential aspirant, who makes a procession, contrary to Independent Electoral Commission guidelines of having only 10 people, will be arrested and detained,” Onyango said.

A senior officer said their preliminary plan is to deploy near the homes of aspirants who are perceived to be attracting big crowds so that they are strictly guided to the nomination venue in Kyambogo University. According to the Electoral Commission chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama presidential nominations will take place on Monday and Tuesday next week.

EC has instructed all aspirants not to move with more than 10 people. President Yoweri Museveni will appear for nomination on Monday while his perceived biggest rival Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine will be nominated on Tuesday.

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