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Security Beefed up at Jinja Nile Bridge Ahead of Presidential Nominations

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.
A police officer seen searching a passengers' bag.
There is heightened security at the Jinja Nile Bridge as the country prepares for the nomination of presidential candidates on Monday. 

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. 

On top of tasking motorists to provide masks and helmets, they are also conducting a search through their pockets, jackets and luggage to ensure that no extra fabric is hidden. They have also set up  two checkpoints at the major roundabouts at the police barracks and Umber Court gardens where cars are being searched before proceeding to the source of the Nile bridge.

A source within the police who spoke on condition of anonymity told URN that they have been directed to ensure that all replicas of police and army uniform are confiscated. 

“At first, we were directed to confiscate only red berets which are a preserve of the military police but later on, our commander tasked us to ensure that, all vehicles heading to Kampala are cleared of any form of fabric Gazetted for use by the armed forces,” he says. 

Arafat Mukose, a motorist says that the operation began at around 4 p.m., which deprived most motorists of freely executing their duties as security personnel were spending close to five minutes on checking both the rider and their passengers.

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Kiira region's police spokesperson, Abbey Ngako confirms the operation but declined to divulge into details.          

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