Heavy security deployment as Sheema north votes for new MP

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By Felix Ainebyona

There is heavy security presence in Sheema North as constituents vote their new MP.

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Guma Nuwagaba is tussling it out with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) ’s Naome Kibaju.

The Sheema North MP seat fell vacant after Minister Elioda Tumwesigye was elected the MP for the newly created Sheema Municipality.

Some of the security personnel could be seen

Some of the security personnel could be seen conducting foot and motorized patrols in the area. PHOTO BY FELIX AINEBYOONA

Starting from Sunday afternoon heavily armed Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers and police deployed strategically in the constituency.

The officers were deployed in all the Sheema Sub Countiees of; Kigarama, Masheruka, Kakindo and Miiria. Some of the security personnel could be seen conducting foot and motorized patrols in the area. Heavy equipment among them water cannons are also on standby at different Sub County headquarters.

Some of the security personnel could be seen

Some of the security personnel could be seen conducting foot and motorized patrols in the area. PHOTO BY FELIX AINEBYOONA

The Greater Bushenyi Regional Police spokesperson, Mr Marshal Tumusiime, said the deployment is normal and should not bother anyone since they are “only working to ensure that there is sanity during the by-election.”

He said that the police are working closely with the army to ensure that there is calmness.

He further noted that they had received intelligence reports indicating that there are some bad elements in the area trying to cause confusion.

Mr Guma Nuwagaba, the FDC candidate said the heavy presence of security in the area is aimed at intimidating voters.

“It is unfortunate for the police and other security agencies to claim that they anticipate violence yet the campaigns have been peaceful,” he said.

Sheema North constituents at Masheruka Modern

Sheema North constituents at Masheruka Modern Primary School polling station in Masheruka town council, vote their new MP. PHOTO BY FELIX AINEBYOONA

The Electoral Commission chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama also defended the heavy deployment saying: “You cannot do away with security during an election, but people should not be intimidated by the deployment because it means well for process of an election.”

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