With day for the nomination of presidential aspirants for the 2021, General Elections getting closer as stated by electoral commission to be on the 2nd -3rd, November 2020, at the cricket grounds, Kyambogo, 10 (ten) Presidential Aspirants are expected to participate in these two –day nomination exercise.

The safety and security of all the aspirants, other stakeholders and the successful conduct of the exercise, remains a top priority for the Joint Task Forces.

Uganda police Force therefore informs the general public to know that there is no credible threat directed towards the presidential nominations.

J.M Okoth Ochola (Esq) Inspector General Of Police while speaking on Sunday at Uganda Media Center kampala said the police do consider the nominations a potential target for threats and other vulnerabilities that could significantly affect the entire exercise. These include acts of civil disobedience such as sabotage, street violence strikes and demonstrations, defiance campaigns, provoking security forces into violent confrontations, intimidation and minor criminal activity such as; simple robbery, looting, vandalism and pick pocketing. Other crimes of extra ordinary nature include, terrorism and cybercrimes.
Presidential Aspirants on the other hand are reassured that their safety and security is guaranteed since the Joint Security Agencies have spent considerable time planning for the nominations.

Okoth in addition said the police have specialist teams at different selected locations, others patrolling in rapid reaction formations, CCTV monitoring teams, dedicated K9 teams, crowd dispersal teams, to counter all forms of illegal activities and violent demonstrations, that could compromise public safety and public security.

On the other hand, AIGP Edward Ochom the director Operations said political actors and groups that are still defiant and mobilizing Boda Boda riders and militias onto the streets and ferrying supporters from upcountry into illegal processions and rallies are being closely monitored.

He added that any Presidential
Aspirant who will mobilize boda bodas for a procession risks being arrested including those boda boda riders.

“We have plans to respond proportionately, in the face of violent crime, which may include the use of teargas to disperse these violent groups and arrest the culprits for prosecution,” he added.

“We therefore, urge all individual and political actors to cooperate with us, for a peaceful and secure nomination exercise,”Ochom said.

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