By Mariam Namakula
The Cabinet has approved the installation of tracking devices in all public and private means of transport in order to promote national security.
While addressing the public on matters of national security at Kololo in Kampala recently, President Yoweri Museveni said instead of putting road blocks to arrest the criminals, it was better to install tracking devices which could easily track them.
His remarks came at a time when the Minister of Works and Transport, Gen Katumba Wamala survived an attempted assassination that left his daughter and driver dead on June 1.
Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre on Tuesday, the Minister for Security, Gen Jim Muhwezi, said the project was set to start.
Gen Muhwezi said the project will involve stakeholders such as ministries of Work and Transport, and that of Security.
“Although we haven’t agreed on the fee now, individuals will register and pay for the devices installed in their transport means,” he said.
According to recent statistics, tracking devices start from about Shs450,000 upwards.
Dr Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister for Information, said the government had decided to collaborate with experts to help run the project.
He said Global Company Limited will be in charge of the project starting July.
According to the government, the project is expected to be the lasting solution to the increased murders of innocent citizens.
The project is among the list of security solutions, including, among others, installing security cameras and streetlights.