Our reporter saw several military and police trucks patrolling some areas in the district.
There is heavy security deployment in Namisindwa district in the ongoing elections of Woman Member of Parliament and LC V chairperson. Heavily armed Police officers, UPDF soldiers and Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA rangers have deployed strategically across the district.
Our reporter saw several military and police trucks patrolling some areas in the district. Suwed Manshur, the Elgon Region Police Public Relations Officer, says they have deployed heavily to ensure the elections are peaceful. "We have enough manpower," Manshur said.
He explained that both the UPDF and UWA were called in to back police. According to Manshur, the officers have been deployed at all the 192 polling stations and fuel pump stations while others are on patrol and standby to respond to emergencies.
He says the heavy deployment is based on past elections in the area, which were marred by violence. Jackson Wakweika, the Interim Namisindwa LC V Chairperson, who is running on an independent ticket, has welcomed the deployment, saying it is necessary to keep law and order during the elections.
Three candidates are contesting for election as Namisindwa district. They are Canon Grace Namakhula Watuwa, the National Resistance Movement party candidate, Dorothy Watsemba, the opposition Forum for Democratic Party candidate and Sarah Netalisire Kayagi, an independent.
Those contesting for the LC V chairperson are George William Wopuwa, the NRM candidate, Fred Wekesa, FDC and Jackson Wakweika, an independent. Namsindwa is one of the six districts that came into force on July 01, 2017.
It was curved out of Manafwa district. The other new districts include Kyotera, Bunyangabu, Butebo, Pakwach and Rukiga.