Inter Agency Security Committee Deploys 1500 operatives for Kyadondo East Elections

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The personnel deployed include operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence CMI, Internal Security Organisation ISO, Police as well as Military Police which will be on standby.

The Inter agency Security committee has deployed more than 1500 operatives from different security agencies in Kyadondo East constituency ahead of tomorrow's By-election. The operatives are drawn from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Internal Security Organisation (ISO), Police and Military Police.
 
Officers from four police Directorates will be part of the security team that will be supervised by the Director Operations, Asuman Mugyenyi and Kampala Metropolitan Police Commandant, Frank Mwesigwa
 
The police personnel include; general operation officers under the Kampala Metropolitan Police, about 50 detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, more than 150 intelligence personnel and 500 police officers from the Field Force Unit some of whom will be on standby with Military Police.
 
Asuman Mugyenyi, the Director Operations, says the personnel will be pooled from all Divisions in Kampala Metropolitan. "We have already deployed enough manpower from Kampala Metropolitan and all other units like CID and Intelligence," Mugyenyi told URN.
 
Kyadondo East has been marked as a hot bed for electoral violence basing on its past history as well Tuesday's incidents. On Tuesday, supporters of Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine attacked Kasangati police station.
 
The supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Candidate Apollo Kantinti also clashed with those of his National Resistance Movement party rival, Sitenda Sebalu when they collided at a campaign venue. There are 93 polling stations in Kyadondo with 72,818 registered voters. Six candidates are contesting to fill the vacant Kyadondo East MP seat.
 
They include the former MP and former for Democratic Change Party Candidate, Apollo Katinti, NRM's Sitenda Sebalu, Muwada Nkunyingi, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, both FDC leaning independents, Sowedi Kayongo Male and Edward Kasasa.
 
The Kyaddondo East parliamentary seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the High Court nullifying the victory of Kantinti over non-compliance with electoral laws, disfranchising voters and failing to secure custody of election materials.
 
The ruling followed a successful petition by NRM candidate Sebalu who lost to Kantinti by a margin of 326 votes in the 2016 parliamentary race. 

 

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