In the letter, Ochola informs the candidates that they will be picked by police and escorted with lead cars to ensure that their travel is not disrupted. “You will be escorted by Uganda Police Force with a lead traffic vehicle/motorcycle to nomination venue with your team as per Electoral Commission guidelines,” reads Ochola’s letter.
Owoyesigyire says that the suspects were arrested with from car tyres, fuels in jerry cans and drums, bottles and machetes among others. He says that the suspects led police officers to the areas they had kept the exhibits upon interrogation.
Unlike usual operations where only two traffic officers are seen manning the Nalufenya check point, today there are scores of armed Uganda People's’ Defense Forces-UPDF personnel, general duty police officers and field force police unit personnel.
Although the ceremony was peaceful, coloured by prayers and worship, the arrival of politicians sparked disorder, as crowds fought to have a glimpse on them. The politicians included Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu, Lands Minister Beti Kamya, and State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi.
The suspects, both soldiers affiliated to the South Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) include Charles Abonga and Solomon Akena Terensio, both residents of Pajok town of Magwi County in the Eastern Equatorial state of South Sudan.