Police Sets Communication Mast Ahead of Serere Polls

There is an additional deployment of security personnel and machinery in Serere district ahead of the Serere County parliamentary by-elections today. 

Hundreds of soldiers and police personnel backed by armored vehicles have pitched camp on the gardens at Serere district headquarters.

Our reporter saw several police trucks patrolling the district. Police have also hoisted a mast on one of the trucks to boost their communication with foot soldiers in the remote villages of Serere without good network coverage. 

Oscar Gregg Ageca, the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman, who has also pitched camp in Serere, says that the additional deployment is met to help reduce security incidents before, during, and after polls on Thursday. 

Ageca told our reporter on Monday that more than 1,000 security personnel had deployed in the county to man the elections.

When asked about the additional force on Wednesday, Ageca said that he was not at liberty to disclose details of the security deployment in Serere County.

By Tuesday evening, more security trucks were seen heading and camping in Serere.

Emmanuel Eratu, the FDC candidate said that although there is heavy security deployment, they have mobilized people to turn up in big numbers to cast their vote.

“We don’t want anyone to be scared by the security presence in the area. We are encouraging our people to report cases where they are being intimidated but most importantly, to cast their votes because that’s key in changing the situation in Serere,” he said on phone.

Michael Onguria, a resident of Omagara in Kateta sub-county hopes that the security deployment shall ensure a peaceful, free, and fair election. He shares the same views with Isaiah Onyait, a voter in Kakus Church of Uganda in Serere Town Council.

There are five candidates competing for the seat that fell vacant after the death of Patrick Okabe in a road accident last December. They are Emmanuel Omoding, Okabe’s son, and Martin Onguruco who is contesting under independent tickets, Phillip Oucor of NRM, Alice Alaso of ANT, and Emmanuel Eratu of FDC.  

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