Security Organs Meet To Draft Election Security Plan

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In short
The committee operating under the ministry of Internal Affairs is made up of Uganda Police Force as the lead agency and the army as a supporting force. Other member institutions to the committee are the Internal Security Organisation, External Security Organisation, Local government and crime preventers

With just six months left to election day, security organs in the country have constituted themselves into a committee to outline roles in securing the country during the election period.

The committee operating under the ministry of Internal Affairs is made up of Uganda Police Force as the lead agency and the army as a supporting force. Other member institutions to the committee are the Internal Security Organisation, External Security Organisation, Local government and crime preventers.
 
The committee which, has been meeting for over two months now is tasked with drafting a security plan for the elections in February 2016.
 
Polly Namaye, the police spokesperson told URN that the committee is a joint effort at having a peaceful election. She says agencies were asked to submit their plans to the committee to harmonise them with all security agencies and later hand them to police which is leading the security teams during the election.
 
Namaye says the committee will harmonise on the numbers to deploy during the electoral period, areas to patrol and the security of campaign teams and contestants as they address rallies during the electoral period.

She also adds that police will set up a political and media crimes desk alert to monitor political crimes.
 
The committee is under the stewardship of the Ministry of Internal affairs and directly headed by the minister of Internal Affairs General Aronda Nyakairima.
 
Ministry spokesperson Pamela Ankunda told URN that the committee is still meeting before drafting the final security co-ordination plan that will be used during the elections by the security organs.
 
Uganda has a history of violent encounters between supporters of candidates and security operatives. In the 2011 elections alone, there were over 400 election related arrests according to police figures.  

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.