Government is in final talks with a Russian named Global Security which it is contracting to install Digital Tracking Systems (electronic Numberplates) to all motor vehicles, including boda-bodas in the country starting next month.
This was revealed by the Minister of Security, Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi, during the joint press conference that was held by theministries of ICT and National Guidance, Finance, Gender and Security at the Uganda Media Centre.
“Apparently no funds were allocated for this exercise during the Cabinet meeting but the Global Security Firm will use it’s money which in turn will be paid by Ugandans who will have to pay it as they are doing for the Third Party, Driving permits among others,” Minister Muhwezi said.
“We shall make sure that the firm does not charge Ugandans excessively, more than they can afford,” he added.
Ugandans he said will have to pay for installation of digital trackers in their vehicles, which will enable the government to know where any motor vehicle is at any particular time.
President Museveni while speaking recently after the attempted murder of Works Minister Gen. Katumba Wamala said, every vehicle and motorcycle must have a digital monitor.
“If you try to remove it, we shall go for you. It will show us where you are at any one time. As soon as there is a crime, we go. I don’t want any wasting time in investigations,” he said.
He later directed the Security Minister to actualize this exercise.
Muhwezi revealed that the project will be handled by Global Security; a company which offers a number of services including; deployment and support of integrated information security systems.
“We are working with a company which has technology. We shall kick off the exercise next month by signing a contract and the company will roll out centres around the country to register every vehicle and motorcycle afresh,” he said said.
“Each individual will pay for the tracking devices like you pay for permit or third party insurance before putting the vehicle on the road. All vehicles will be registered to ensure they have that tracking device in them.”
He said that there is a management committee composed of officials from the Ministry of Works and Transport, Police, Ministry of Security, NITA-U and KCCA among others that will be handling the process.