Speakership elections: Police cordon off candidates’ homes

Police spokesman Fred Enanga

The police are deploying at homes of the candidates in the ongoing election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament in anticipation of riotous situations orchestrated by some of their supporters, the police spokesman, Fred Enanga has said.

Three candidates; Jacob Oulanyah (Omoro), Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (Kira Municipality and Rebecca Kadaga (Kamuli Woman) are competing for the speakership of the 11th Parliament in an election presided over the Chief Justice, Alphonse Owiny-Dollo at Kololo independence grounds.

The winner will then preside over the election of a Deputy Speaker as dictated by the parliamentary Rules of Procedure.

As the elections got underway, the police moved to at the candidates’ residences in Kampala and upcountry to ensure no attacks happen to candidates.

Enanga, said they have realized that the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker are hotly contested and they have effectively deployed overt and covert security teams.

Enanga said they have ensured controlled access to the venue as well as roads leading to the electoral venue at Kololo Independence Grounds. Security said they were closely monitoring any disruptive behaviour of fans and candidates.

To ensure no disruptive behaviour is registered or is successfully orchestrated, Enanga said security will also be beef up security at homes of candidates for Speaker and Deputy Speaker positions since fans could attempt to act unlawfully.

“The elections are hotly contested and we have effectively deployed at the venue with effective access controls. In addition to that, we are closely monitoring of any disruptive behaviours of fans and candidates. We have increased visibility in KMP because it is always an area of interest,” Enanga said.

Enanga said Kampala being a centre for all political activities and housing head offices of all political parties will be closely monitored during and after Speaker and Deputy Speaker elections.

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