The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has announced that “robust reinforced deployment” has been made to protect critical infrastructure and installations, and that all roads feeding into Kampala shall jointly be manned while outside forces provide security to all highways to “ensure that no individual or groups disrupt normal flow of traffic and business.”
The UPDF deputy spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki said in a joint news conference on Friday that the army will respond and react quickly and effectively to any incident of criminality.
“We shall respond and react quickly and effectively to any incident of criminality across levels. All roads feeding into the city shall jointly be manned while outside forces provide security to all highways to ensure that no individual or groups disrupt normal flow of traffic and business,” he said.
All the deployments across the country, Akiiki said, are on a pre-emptive posture to disable and dismantle any criminal minded acts decisively to ensure security and normalcy.
Riots broke out in Kampala and other major towns on Wednesday after the arrest of National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine in Luuka district on grounds that he was holding a huge election rally in contravention of COVID-19 guidelines set by the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health to curb the spread of the pandemic.
Over 40 people are reported to have been killed in the riots
Although sanity looks to have returned, Akiiki said “UPDF will carry out extensive pre-emptive and decisive operations to deal with planned and premeditated designs of criminal minded elements in the entire Kampala metropolitan area and indeed the entire country.”
“Effective yesterday midnight, robust reinforced deployment to protect our critical infrastructure and installations is being effected and the public is hereby informed not to do any activity close to such environs.”
These, he said include but not limited to power stations, fuel reserves and other critical public use infrastructure and services.
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