The Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Jeje Odongo has announced that during the 5 year term (2016-2021) of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), the volume of crime reduced by 61,843 cases from 257,774 cases in 2015 to 195,931 cases in 2020.
The Minister was presenting the achievements of his Ministry at the Office of the President in Kampala on Tuesday.
The Internal Affairs Ministry commitments for 2016-2021 manifesto included; improving crime control, detection, prevention and investigation, strengthening research and development, promoting production for wealth creation and self sustainability, continue the provision of psycho social support and other related services to women and girls in post conflict situations.
Others are; National identity card usage, increasing access to quality farm inputs and modernizing agriculture, strengthening Civil Society Organisations and ensuring safe entry, stay and exit of persons in and out of the country.
“The Ministry also secured the recently concluded 2021 General Elections despite challenges caused by COVID-19 and underfunding,” said Gen Jeje Odongo.
In the period under review, the Minister said, there has been improvement in crime control, detection, prevention and investigation.
“Uganda registered a sustained decline in the volume of crime from 257,774 cases reported in 2015 to 195,931 cases reported in 2020. This resulted into a decline in crime rate from 742 to 502 per 100,000 population over the same period,” he said.
This, he said, was achieved due to Government support to the Police Force through installation of CCTV cameras in Kampala Metropolitan areas and other Cities, Municipalities and major highways.
Odongo stressed that there has been continued professionalization and modernization of the Uganda Police Force.
He said there has been increase of Police Staff strength by additional 10,000 personnel there by increasing the strength to 52,775 personnel.
“This has improved Police to population ratio from 1:941 to 1:812,” he said.
The Internal Affairs Ministry, Jeje said, built capacity of 11,000 in service personnel through refresher and specialized training in various disciples including executive leadership, strategic command and leadership programs, NCOs course, advanced training in criminal investigations, forensics, canine, marine, fire, Field Force unit, counter terror, medical, air wing among others.
Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control
The Ministry achievements through the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control include; operationalization of East African Community (EAC) e-passport, computerization of passport application, processing, enrollment and issuance.
Since its launch, the Minister said, 402,075 citizens have been issued with e-passports.
Furthermore, the Directorate fully implemented the e-immigration system which has facilitated the electronic issuance of visas, permits and passes.
“Personalization services of visas can now be accessed at Uganda’s 17 Missions,” he said.
The Minister said there has been installation of an automated border management system capable of tracking entry and stay of persons in the country.
National Identification and Registration of Persons (NIRA)
“To date, a total of 25,372,971 persons are on the National Identification Register representing 62.5% of the total population of the country. 15,868,895 National Identification Cards have been issued representing 83% of the population eligible for National card issuance,” Odongo said.
He added that 6,705,524 pupils and students were fully registered and assigned National Identification Numbers (NINs).
However, despite the above achievements, the Minister said that his Ministry still faces a challenge of delayed issuance of National Identity cards due to need for further verification of applications.