The Uganda Police force has distributed 96 motorcycles to all its eighteen divisions in Kampala metropolitan area ahead of Thursday’s elections.
The motorcycles are intended to enable swift response to election-related violence that may arise during or after the polling exercise.
A security source said some of the major divisions have been given 10 motorcycles which will be used by standby teams established at each division.
divisions, according to the source, have received at least five motorcycles.
The motorcycles have reportedly been distributed depending on the number of police officers attached to the division, the number of polling stations in their area of jurisdiction and violent incidents often recorded by the division.
Some of the police divisions that have received 10 motorcycles include Jinja Road, CPS, Katwe, Old Kampala and Kawempe.
CPS, Katwe, Old Kampala and Jinja Road often lead in crimes of violence, threatening violence, assaults and economic related offences. In 2019, Katwe topped assault cases with 960 while CPS led in economic crimes but came second in violence-related incidents.
Police’s Police Advisory Committee –PAC chaired by Inspector General of Police, Martin Ochola, in august resolved to purchase motorcycles, ambulances, patrol vehicles and trucks for this year’s general elections. END.