The Ugandan government has Friday signed a contract with of Joint Stock Company, a Russian digital security Company, to provide digital trackers to all vehicles in the country.
The agreement was signed at an event held at the Office of the President in Kampala by Waiswa Bageya the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport and Yunus Kakande his counterpart in the office of the President, representing government of Uganda, while Ivan Sukraban, the Chief Executive Officer of Joint Stock Company, a Russian digital security company signed on its behalf.
Kakande noted that the President instituted an inter-ministerial committee which for the last four months, has been working on identifying and the right company to carry out the task.
President Yoweri Museveni directed that all vehicles and motorcycles be fitted with tracking devices to help deal with criminals who he said use vehicles and motorcycles to kill people and then disappear without a trace. He made similar comments in the aftermath of the assassination attempt on the life of Gen Edward Katumba Wamala in June.
Kakande said that the Russian company will run the project for two years and recoup their investment and then hand it over to the government of Uganda to manage.
Speaking at the same ceremony, Maj Gen. Jim Muhwezi the Minister of Security who witnessed the signing of the contract assured the country that the only purpose for which the government is going to track vehicles is to deal with insecurity. He added that they have no intention of interfering in the privacy of citizens. When challenged on the law they are basing on Muhwezi said whatever they are doing was embraced by government technocrats like the Solicitor General.
Ugandans will pay for trackers to be put in their vehicles.