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.
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.
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.
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.”