Aswa River region police on Monday received 37 motorcycles to swiftly respond to incidents of violence during and after the elections, scheduled for January 14.
Gulu district, Kitgum district and Lamwo district were each allocated seven motorcycles, Pader district and Agago district received eight respectively.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River police spokesperson says the districts of Omoro, Nwoya and Amuru district were yet to receive their motorcycles.
Last week, security agencies set up a mobile unit that will swiftly respond to incidents of violence during and after the elections, scheduled for January 14.
The agencies anticipate that there will be violence during or even after the voting exercise, basing on events that characterized the campaign period that started on November 9, 2020.
The Mobile Election Violence Response Team will majorly use motorcycles and patrol vehicles that are part of the logistics procured by the police force in preparation for this year’s election.
Besides mobile response units, the Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola, has also deployed the Flying Squad commanded by SSP Godwin Turamye to back up other security teams during elections.
At least seven Army Generals and a Colonel have been tasked to be part and parcel of all election-related security operations.
In November last year, 54 people according to security records were killed in protests that followed the arrest of National Unity Platform –NUP presidential candidate, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
President Yoweri Museveni, according to security sources, has tasked the Army and police commanders to ensure there are no riots or protests during or after next week’s presidential and parliamentary elections.