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Election 2016

Col. Kulayigye Defends UPDF’s Involvement in Thursday’s Election

Lt Col Felix Kulayigye

At least one person died and 19 others sustained injuries in fatal clashes between security forces and Dr Kizza Besigye’s supporters in Kampala on Monday, pill http://coogomezplata.com/components/com_k2/views/item/tmpl/item_comments_form.php police have announced.

The injured include a police woman who was stoned by Besigye’s supporters at Wandegeya roundabout.

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He said police recorded one death “whose cause has not been established yet”.

The deceased, whose body was found lying on Kampala-Wandegeya road, has since been identified as Daniel Nsubuga.

It is understood police detectives are probing circumstances under which Nsubuga died.

Enanga said at least 22 male suspects were arrested as part of the wider investigation into the clashes.

Besigye was on Monday evening transported back to his home in Kasangati, Wakiso District.

Enanga said Police have a “duty to protect the safety of the public, together with the right to protect themselves, and had to act accordingly, given the intensity of the attacks they faced from an emerging crowd of rowdy protesters.”

He confirmed that the situation was contained and that calm and normalcy returned to the suburbs of Wandegeya, and the wider Kampala City.

“With one more day of campaigns, we shall continue securing the electoral environment, free from abuse for all voters, candidates, and the general public,” said Enanga.
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Following Monday’s mayhem on the streets of Kampala in which at least one person was killed and dozens in injured and arrested, the Uganda People’s Defense Forces this morning reassured the country of maximum security and vowed to throw its weight on the exercise if things don’t stabilize fast.

The army’s Military Police has already been deployed alongside anti-riot police to dispel the purportedly opposition geared unrest.

The UPDF’s Political Commissar Col Felix Kulaigye defended the army’s prospective involvement in the coming election, saying that this is enshrined in the laws of the country.

And while UPDF’s primary role is to defend the country’s borders against foreign threats, Col Kulaigye stated that restoring internal order also falls under the their docket.

“Police’s main role is to maintain law and order. But this order has to exist first to be maintained and it is us who create it,” Kulaigye said on televised talk show on Tuesday.

“If we feel that this order is threatened or compromised, then the army has to come and restore it.”

One such element that threatens order, Kulayigye argued, is the street protests and civil uprisings.

On the UPDF’s visibility on the city streets, the Colonel stressed that this is not aimed at intimating voters and the rest of Ugandans, but to reassure them that they will be protested at all times.

“Our work is not just quelling violence but also preventing it. Once we start hearing of the innuendos and threats about violence and defiance, then we have to come out and show that we are here and ready to do our work.”

Besides, he added, Ugandans are not threatened at the sight of men in uniform, but feel confident having them around.

“The last time I checked, the national army has been voted for years as the most trusted government institution by Ugandans.”

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