City Roads Blocked Ahead of Presidential Poll Results

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Police has mounted road blocks along all roads leading into and out of Kampala ahead of the declaration of the presidential election results later today.

Police has mounted road blocks along all roads leading into and out of Kampala ahead of the declaration of the presidential election results later today.
 
The road blocks limit access of people and vehicles coming into Kampala District from surrounding districts. The road blocks on all major roads are manned by different units of police and the army including traffic police officers, Field Force policemen (Anti-riot police), and General police and Military police personnel.
 
The Regional Police Commander (RPC) Kampala Metropolitan police (KMP) Siraj Bakaleke confirmed that they had set up a road block on Jinja road a few metres from Bweyogerere.
 
Other roads affected include; Gayaza Road, Kampala-Gulu road, Masaka Road, Hoima Road, Kampala-Mubende road and Entebbe road.
 
According to the Deputy Police spokesperson Polly Namaye, the blockades are part of the comprehensive security plan which was approved by the Inter-agency security committee.
 
"The road blocks are meant to keep wrong elements from entering the city and causing chaos. We planned for it before and now we are simply implementing the security plan," Namaye says.
 
The Electoral Commission is today set to announce results of the presidential elections. Incumbent Yoweri Museveni is still maintaining a comfortable lead over his main challenger, FDC party candidate Dr Kizza Besigye, with more than half of the votes counted. Museveni now has over 5.2 million votes against Besigye's 2.9 million votes.
 
As the EC chairman Dr Badru Kiggundu prepares to announce final results by 4pm, the opposition continues to claim that the election was massively rigged in favour of the incumbent. Just a day after voting on Thursday, Dr Besigye and other FDC officials were arrested as they prepared to announce results from their own tally centre which put the four-time presidential candidate in the lead.

 

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