Uganda police acquire armoured vehicles ahead of elections

Friday February 5 2016

A Ugandan Police armoured vehicle at the Mombasa port. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

A Ugandan Police armoured vehicle at the Mombasa port. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP. 

By WACHIRA MWANGI
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Days after President Uhuru Kenyatta presented armoured personnel carriers to the Kenya police service, it seems Uganda is following suit.

More than 35 anti-riot vehicles have arrived at the port of Mombasa, ahead of the country's presidential and parliamentary elections set for February 18.

The total number of the various types of vehicles is unspecified, as officials are yet to comment on the matter.

In April 2014, the Ugandan police requested the country's parliament to allocate them more funds in the next financial year (2015/2016) to acquire equipment for quelling protests around the country.

In Kenya, the armoured vehicles are to be used by police in securing the frontier areas of the country.

The National Police Service will no longer have to depend on other agencies, such as the Kenya Defence Forces, to perform their duties in dealing with terrorism and related crimes.

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