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Kayihura: 2016 is Most Tense-free Election

Gen Kale Kayihura

The Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has said contrary to apocalyptic statements on social media platforms, nurse http://coachypnose.fr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-meta.php “this has been the most tension-free election exercise.”

Kayihura described the electoral campaigns as the “most competitive right from primaries. There was cutthroat competition in FDC and NRM.”

The IGP made the remarks on Friday at a joint press conference with Electoral Commission in Kampala. The presidential elections will be held on February 18.

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“Almost everybody is vigilant. There have been 900 rallies which have been peaceful apart from Ntungamo, check http://christchurchcathedral.org.au/wp-content/plugins/cforms/lib_options_dup.php ” he added. He said despite sensationalist claims of possible armed attacks during elections, here the country should not expect any violence as security forces remain fully prepared for all ugly scenarios.

“Sometimes I scratch myself and ask, is this an election? Besigye and Museveni were in town on the same day and it went on well. We are maturing. So far this is something to celebrate.” Kayihura’s remarks could be intended to deescalate the growing tension ahead of the elections.

Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye maintains the election exercise will witness acts of defiance. Warning Kayihura says as the country enters into the final phase of the campaigns, “Candidates and supporters and other actors such as NGOs and public let’s keep conducting ourselves as we have been.”

He added: “Let’s not spoil what we have achieved. Let’s discredit those who predict violence. This is our country. Let’s respect the law and remain disciplined.”

The police chief also spoke about candidates flouting electoral laws such as campaigning outside stipulated hours.

“We have tried to enforce it but faced resistance. Some were doing it deliberately. One candidate in Wankulukuku went on up to 9:00pm. We said we would not report him to EC. He wants you to act and he plays victim. Let the court of public opinion judge him,” observed he police boss.

Besigye on Thursday addressed a rally at 9:30pm. Kayihura asked EC whether such “irresponsible behavior” calls for sanctions.

Kayihura said any violations of the law in the city would attract firm responses from the law enforcement body.

“So candidates will converge in the city. I appeal for discipline. We must ensure schedules are respected. We must do more than we have been doing. Don’t blame us. We will have to go that way. If you haven’t convinced people all day how will you in the night?” wondered Kayihura.

He said security has been preparing for the last critical week as well as protecting the country when it’s most vulnerable (elections). “We are rolling up our security build up starting with Kampala metropolitan.”

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