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UPDF commander 409 Brigade Col Jackson Kayanja during the launch of the Tarahe Sita in Arua City

UPDF Commander Calls for Peace and An End to Brutality ahead of 2021 General Elections

WEST NILE: The Uganda People Defense Forces UPDF Commander 409 Brigade West Nile Col Jackson Kayanja has called for peaceful elections as the UPDF marks the 40th anniversary of the Tarahe Sita.

While flagging off activities leading the celebrations on Monday at the Mayor’s Garden in Arua City for West Nile Region Kayanja observed that there was total peace During the campaigns in the region making it historical of most of the parts of the country

“ let people exercise their mandate as per the constitution of Uganda that’s why we are not intimidating anybody, we are working together even during the campaigns you have seen, witnessed that there’s no confrontation because we respect everybody’s views that’s why West Nile is peaceful.”

Kayanja however cautions those planning to intimidate civilians and trying to create acts likely to spark violence during elections in the region to stop or face the long arm of defense.

“We don’t want to see confrontations here and there, we don’t want to see anyone intimidating the wanyayinji, let’s allow Ugandans to go and exercise their rights by voting their leaders.”

Security officers cleaning Arua City Centre

Events of security brutality leading to loss of lives, unlawful arrests, and intimidation of civilians by security personnel were witnessed in several parts of the country During campaigns.

According to the police public relations officer North-Western region Josephine Angucia, this has not been the case for West Nile.

“We thank the local politicians for having followed the rules of the game thou a few went astride but corrected and this did not escalate as we have seen in other parts of the country, our campaigns have generally been peaceful and we appeal to the public that if some of them feel they are not been treated well somewhere our police offices are open for them to register their complaints and shall be assisted.”

Meanwhile, Doreen Apeliru Arua City crime preventers coordinator, and a voter in the Arua Central division urge all the stakeholders to serve diligently on and after the polling day.

“Knowing very well that the security has been the greatest contributor of the election violence, I think it’s high time they started doing the right things as demanded by the law and also the election constables should not be compromised by Party, or confused by bribes so that they deliver the exact results.”

However, the chairperson Arua Boda Bodas Association Safi Alematiyowho is also the National Coordinator Boda Boda associations in Uganda calls upon the UPDF department to mean their purpose to serve the country better.

“This issue of the security personnel been partisan must stop if they are to serve and protect the people of Uganda some cases of officers siding with those in power doesn’t prove their ethical contact.”

The Tarahe Sita is an annual event celebrated every 6th of February to remember the first UPDF attack on Kabamba barracks in 1981 and this year’s theme is celebrating UPDF at 49fruits of the fulfilled partnership of maintaining and consolidating peoples security, stability, and prosperity

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