By Anthony Kushaba
Kick corruption out of Uganda a Kigezi based nongovernmental organization has faulted heavy security deployment for low voter turn-up in the recently concluded general elections.
In a press statement issued by the organization at their offices in Kirigime, Southern division of Kabale Municipality, KICK-U program coordinator Juliet Tushemereirwe revealed that heavy deployment of armed police and army is capable of creating fear and discouraging citizens participation.
Kick-U Recommended that the rapid response teams should be stationed out of sight with only the basic unarmed security within the station is needed.
The organization further called on government to coordinate agencies that support the electoral process to operate within the existing legal frameworks.
KICK-U executive director Robert Byamugisha Kakuru told the press that the citizens should consider active participation in the civic process towards the election of their leaders by ensuring that they register and vote in future elections.
Kakuru also expressed concern that the rights of the media international observers were infringed on by denying them a chance to observe the general elections.
He says that while the media had a chance to access polling stations and tally centers, they were taken through a vigorous and tricky accreditation process as for international observers, they were in a total black out.
KICK-U head of finance and administration Bright Twiinamasiiko revealed that the organization will continue to engage with the locals and also ensure that they embark on social-economic development by embracing reconciliation and putting aside political differences.
Twinamasiiko revealed that the locals should not allow the incidents that happened during the elections to continue to haunt them since confusion cripples’ development.