“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
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
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