Police have said all guns in the hands of Police, Prisons service, private security firms and those that are privately licensed within the Kampala metropolitan area have been successfully fingerprinted.
This is part of the ongoing process to have all guns in the country fingerprinted. In July 2018, President Yoweri Museveni ordered that all guns in Uganda be fingerprinted as part of a nine-point security master plan to contain increasing killings and kidnaps in the country.
It followed the assassination of former Arua municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga who was gunned down while he drove home from work near Kampala.
“I have now issued an order in the security sub-committee. All guns must be finger printed by firing each gun in controlled conditions to capture the fingerprints of all of them. That will mean that if any legal gun was used, we shall know which gun was used and we shall know the perpetrator,” Museveni told a special sitting of Parliament during his address to the nation about the state of security in the country.
The President said at the time that fingerprinting guns would help security agencies track which gun fired killer bullets based on the cartridges recovered from a crime of scene.
While giving an update on the exercise, the Deputy Police Spokesperson, ACP Polly Namaye said that a joint security team is in the process of registering all guns in the country.
The team is comprised of UPDF, UPF, UPS, UWA, ESO, ISO working closely with relevant authorities.
“So far, the team has registered all guns in the hands of the Police Force, Prisons service Private security and those privately licensed within Kampala metropolitan Area,” Namaye told reporters in Kampala.
“The team is concerned with capturing the data of each individual gun and marching this data with the holder. The team then forwards this data to the forensic experts for purpose of interpretation and storage using the Integrated Ballistics Identification Systems (IBIS)”.
Police says individual guns have individual characteristics which differentiate them from others and that the ongoing process will make the work of tracking guns easier after their use.
On Tuesday April 16, the team will embark on registering guns in Katonga region.
According to Namaye, the team is working to ensure that by the end of July, all guns under the Police Force, the Prisons services, private ownership as well those held by private security organisations will have been registered.
CCTV camera installation
Also last year, following the murder of high profile individuals by armed assassins, President Museveni announced that government would install CCTV cameras in Kampala and major towns as a security measure.
The installation of these cameras began last year starting with the Kampala Central Business District area..
Police say that out of the 3,233 cameras that are planned rl be installed, government has so far completed installation of 1,940 cameras (60 percent).
The deputy police spokesperson said that installation of cameras is ongoing in Police divisions which include:- Katwe, CPS, Old Kampala, Jinja road, Wandegeya, Kajjansi, Nansana, Entebbe, Wakiso, Kawempe, Kira division, Kasubi. The works are expected to be concluded by December 30.
Namaye said that so far, with the help of the cameras, Police have had successes in 27 incidents around CPS Kampala, 8 incidents around Katwe, 6 around Old Kampala and 7 around Wandegeya.