Border Security Teams Return After Peaceful Kenya Elections

Uhuru Kenyatta won the historic Kenyan poll
Uhuru Kenyatta won the historic Kenyan poll

A disaster preparedness team sent two weeks ago to the Uganda border to monitor security during the Kenya elections has returned to Kampala after the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as President elect.

However the team will remain on standby in-case of any post-election violence breaks out.

A team of officers from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Uganda Police Force, and Uganda Red Cross, which was led by Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta has returned to Kampala.

Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee coalition was recently declared President elect by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya after beating Raila Odinga of CORD and six other contestants.

Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta together with Police’s Director of Operations, Grace Turyagumanawe was recently deployed along the Uganda – Kenya border to prepare for any influx of refugees.

The Press and Media Officer in the Uganda Police Force, who was part of the team, Patrick Onyango explained that the teams from Kampala that were led by Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta withdrew on Monday leaving the local staff.

Onyango explained that all the officers are on standby in Kampala to rush back to the border in-case any violence breaks out.

Onyango says that operation was handed over to the Regional Police Commander Malaba region to continue monitoring the situation for another one week.

The Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda Police Force, and Uganda Red Cross Society set up camps at the Uganda border towns of Malaba, Busia, Tororo, Rwakhakha and Suam in Kapchorwa to receive any influx of refugees.

Onyango said that for the entire time they have been at the border they had not registered any people fleeing violence.

Five years ago Uganda was taken unaware by the 2008 post-election violence in Kenya. Uganda was forced to accommodate thousands of refugees fleeing the violence. However this time round the refugee agencies had prepared reception centres stocked with food but registered no refugees.

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