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Police Ferries Anti Riot Personnel to Arua Municipality Ahead of By-elections

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The Deputy Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says the team will act as a standby public order management force following intelligence showing that people are being ferried into the district to cause chaos.
Some of the anti riot vehicles deployed on standby in Arua District

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Police has flagged off two truckfull of Anti-Riot Police Personnel to Arua Municipality ahead of the by-elections on Wednesday. The personnel were seen off on Sunday evening with five patrol vehicles meant to reinforce the manpower in Arua District.

The Deputy Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says the team will act as a standby public order management force following intelligence showing that people are being ferried into the district to cause chaos.

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The Joint Operation Committee (JOC), which is comprised of representatives from all security agencies met at the Police Headquarters in Naguru on Friday last week to carry out a security assessment.

The assessment is what has informed the deployment for the last days of the campaigns and elections. The report points out black spots in Arua municipality and its outskirts.

The black spots were based on past elections as well as violent incidents during the burial of the former Arua municipality MP, the late Col. Ibrahim Abiriga.

According to Onyango, police will man the security of the polls with support from Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF), Prisons, Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence-CMI.

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More than 40,000 voters in Arua municipality go to the polls on Wednesday this week to voter for the new MP.

The election has attracted eight contestants including Alfred Nyakuni, Simon Avutia, Sunday Anguandia, Jackson Atima, Francis Nyero Bavuga Saf, Robert Ejiku and Wadri Kassiano all independents. The others are DP's Moses Kennedy, Jeema's Jaffer Alekua, FDC's Bruce Musema and NRM's Nusura Tiperu.

The Arua Municipality MP seat fell vacant following the assassination of the incumbent MP, Ibrahim Abiriga and his brother, Saidi Buga in June as they drove home in Matugga in Wakiso district. To date, no suspect has been apprehended in connection to the assassination.

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