Mbale Placed on High Security Alert

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Mbale town has been placed on high security alert after intelligence reports showed that some political camps are planning violence during the presidential and parliamentary elections. Grace Turyagumanawe the police chief of operations says his office has received intelligence reports indicating pre and post election violence in Mbale. Turyagumanawe says police have decided to counter the planned violence by massive deployment of both uniformed and non uniformed security personnel. He says police has a plan to deploy hundreds of personnel to match the anticipated number of rioters. He also says police also plan to block voters, who are usually ferried from villages to vote in Mbale municipality. The inter-religious council of Uganda has also cited Mbale as an election hot spot. Daniel Gimadu, the Bishop of Mbale Church of Uganda diocese, says the inter-religious council of Uganda has identified several areas in Mbale and Sironko as the violence prone areas. Gimadu names the hot spots as Bunghoko-South, where Minister Michael Werikhe is battling with five opponents. Budadiri West, is another hotspot as Nandala Mafabi tussles it out with Minister Beatrice Wabudeya. Gimadu says religious leaders want to contact the protagonists before the polls to dissuade them from violence. // Cue in: "We are going to..." Cue out "...to create harmony" // Fr. Michael Mushikoma, The parish priest for Othodox church in Mbale, says the Electoral Commission will be held responsible for the violence stemming from suspected ghost polling stations in Bunghoko-South constituency. He claims that the Electoral Commission has created a ghost Sub-county called Nambale with several polling stations. But the Electoral Commission, has dismissed this claim as baseless.