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Heavy Police Deployment in Gulu City Ahead of Kyagulanyi's Campaign

Michael Opira, a resident of Layibi said that he is not threatened by the police deployment and is determined to welcome Kyagulanyi in town.
Some of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu's supporters already gathering at Awere Playground Ground in Gulu City - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Police have deployed heavily in Gulu City ahead of the planned campaign of Presidential aspirant Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party.

Heavily armed police officers who are also carrying teargas consisting of both the regular and Field Force Units are deployed at major entries and exits of the city.

Among the streets being manned by the police officers include Airfield, Upper Churchill drive and Bank Lane roads which are major entries and exit points to Gulu City from Kitgum Municipality. 

Kyagulanyi is reportedly holding campaigns in West Acholi and will later proceed to address voters at Awere Playgrounds in Layibi-Bardege division Gulu City.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema and Gulu Resident District Commissioner Santos Okot Lapolo told URN that they have harmonized the campaign programs with Kyagulanyi`s advance team and agreed to adhere to the coronavirus disease Standard Operating Procedures and Ministry of Health`s guidelines to curb the spread of disease.

Meanwhile, there is calm and business is normal in the city area much as police patrol vehicles loaded with officers are seen patrolling the area.

Few NUP candidates including Daniel Soca of Pece-Laroo South Division are seen traversing the city on a motorcycle dressed in a red suit rallying people to attend Kyagulanyi`s rally.

Michael Opira, a resident of Layibi said that he is not threatened by the police deployment and is determined to welcome Kyagulanyi in town.

Another resident who asked for anonymity attributed the heavy police deployment to fears for the waves of change rising upon the incumbent government.

Police have been engaged in running battles with supporters of Kyagulanyi since his nominations. His campaigns have equally been marred with teargas and live bullets.

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