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Counter Terrorism Personnel Alarm Voters in Sembabule Local Council Polls

Bill Magondo, one of the residents in Mitima sub county says the the presence of these rare security personnel in the area raises suspicions about their intentions in the ongoing election processes.
..The Outlook of a Polling Station in Sembabule district where presence of Counter Terrorism Police Personnel has been cited

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  Security personnel of attached to the Counter Terrorism Police Unit have been sighted in Sembabule district, creating fear among the electorates in the area. 

  

The security officers driving in three motor vehicles, that include a double-cabin pickup and two minibuses commonly known as “Toyata Drone” have been sighted in the different parts of the Sembabule, creating tension among voters who are voting their local government leaders. 

  Bill Magondo, one of the residents in Mitima sub county says the presence that the presence of these rare security personnel in the area raises suspicions about their intentions in the ongoing election processes.

  According to him, the suspicious looking group of these armed security personnel numbering about thirteen has been moving around various polling stations in the area where they have been causing apprehension among voters.

  As a result, Magondo has lead a group of people to the Office of the Sembabule District Police Commander Luke Mbusa, demanding an explanation about the presence of the counter terrorism personnel.

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At Kiwuula Polling Station, in Mijwala Sub county, one Grace Satade lost her cool and started a quarrel the personnel demanding they leave the station, arguing that they were causing discomfort to the voters.

Amid the verbal altercations with support of agents of some candidates, police from Sembabule district police headquarters was called in to contain the situation and the two Counter Terrorism Officer were eventually withdrawn from the station.

  Mohamad Nsubuga, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson downplays reports of intimidation, saying that they had called the CT officers in to supplement the regular police personnel. 

“Counter Terrorism Unit is family within the Uganda Police Force, and the District Security Committee has the right to choose on the modalities of deployment they deem necessary for any situation at hand,” he noted.