UPDF Deploys in Kalangala Ahead of Election Top story

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Caleb Tukaikiriza, the Kalangala Resident District Commissioner, says they were forced to deploy after receiving complaints about a group of armed men who are attacking residents.

The Reserve Force and Masaka Armored Brigade have deployed hundreds of officers in Kalangala district ahead of tomorrow's polls.

The Force says it has deployed to avert any possible violence during and after tomorrow's elections.

Colonel Jafaar Kasiriivu, the Masaka Reserve Force commandant, has confirmed the deployment. According to Kasiriivu, the deployment is meant to protect key installations in the district such as the solar panel power plant and Kalangala water systems.

Major Robert Kamara, the Masaka Armored Brigade spokesperson, says they decided to deploy because of the limited number of police personnel in the island district.

Meanwhile, Caleb Tukaikiriza, the Kalangala Resident District Commissioner, says they were forced to deploy after receiving complaints about a group of arm men who are attacking residents.
 
He says in addition to maintaining security, the soldiers will also help track the armed men accused of terrorising residents.

Tukaikiriza says they are also investigating reports that some soldiers are distributing items such as salt, sugar, blankets and plates to residents in remote areas of Kalangala District on behalf of James Kibuuka Mulowooza, a local businessman and Julius Mukasa Opondo, the independent candidate for Bujumba County parliamentary seat.
 
Tukaikiriza also says his office is investigating circumstances under which a serving soldier Leon Lwanga Lumaga, is canvassing supports for some candidates. "This is illegal and against the Public Service standing orders. We therefore started looking for him since he is mobilizing votes for candidates in Bujumba constituency," he said.
 
Lumaga is a son to the late Colonel Sserwanga Lwanga, the former Principal Private Secretary to the president.

URN couldn't reach Leon Lwanga Lumaga for comment on the accusations that he is campaigning for some candidates.

Other members in the Bujumba county parliamentary race are Fred Badda, the NRM flag bearer, DP's Joseph Herman Kakooza and Robinah Nankinga, an independent.



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