Tuesday May 20 2014

Police clarify on early deployment

Police technicians fix communication equipment on a mobile police van

Police technicians fix communication equipment on a mobile police van in Luweero District at the Central Police Station yesterday. PHOTO BY DAN WANDERA 

By Dan Wandera

Luweero- Police in Luweero District have clarified on their early deployment of personnel and equipment in the area, saying it is a normal arrangement meant to ensure a smooth by-election for the Woman parliamentary seat.

According to the police spokesperson for Savana region, Mr Lamech Kigozi, the deployment was in line with the Force’s duty to ensure safety.

“...Our people must not get scared of anything because the Force has been deployed to protect them,” Mr Kigozi told journalists yesterday.

A police constable will be deployed at each of the 375 polling stations, including non-uniformed officers in different sub-counties.

The police also denied earlier claims attributed to the deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Grace Turyagumanawe, cautioning non Luweero residents against stepping foot in the district on the polling date. The election is slated for Thursday.

“The press statements attributed to Mr Turyagumanawe are not true. Mr Turyagumanawe was misunderstood by the press because the police cannot refuse people who are not residents of Luweero from visiting the District. The caution was meant for those people who intend to disrupt the electoral process during the polling date,” Mr Kigozi said.

Four candidates are in the race, including Ms Rebecca Nalwanga (NRM), Ms Ramulah Kadala (Indp), Ms Brenda Nabukenya (DP) and Ms Faridah Namubiru (Indp).

The seat fell vacant after court nullified Ms Nabukenya’s election, citing irregularities.