Electronic Number Plates cannot delay, says Museveni

HABARI DAILY I Kampala, Uganda I President Yoweri Museveni has said the digital motor number plates project will be vital in fighting criminality in Uganda.

While presiding over the pass out ceremony of 2,717 newly trained Probational Police Constables, Special Police Constables and Immigration Officers at Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi District, Museveni said electronic number plates should not be delayed, as Government intensified the fight against crime.

 Museveni noted that the electronic number plates will significantly close the criminality gap especially terrorism, now that the force is using all the comprehensive means and assets at their disposal to defeat criminals.

The Government officially launched the Digital Number Plates on November 2nd with the first phase targeting government-owned vehicles. The Ministry of Works and Transport and the Ministry of Security are overseeing the project.

Through the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Ministry of Security, the government agreed to a 10-year deal with the Russian company to install digital tracking chips in all automobile number plates registered in the country, under the Intelligent Transport Management Systems program- ITMS.

“You will see these terrorists who have been killing people from Congo. We are going to finish them. I have told them; we’re going to kill all of them. We have everything needed,” the President noted.

He said the recent killers of tourists in the Queen Elizabeth National Park would have been captured quickly if the work was not mismanaged by the army.

“They came to trace using their eyes at the scene of crime. They could have brought a police dog to follow. I rang people on ground some hours after and the dog followed the criminals for 15kms. 

We got those people much later,” Gen Museveni added, calling upon the new police officers to use all the capabilities at their disposal such as the eyes, the witnesses, the cameras, the police dogs, the telephones and the forensics to get to the bottom of criminality.

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