Uganda signs Agreement with Russian company to track vehicles

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KAMPALA– The Ugandan government has signed an agreement with Joint Stock Company Global Security, a Russian firm that will see the Russians install tracking devices in all public and private vehicles and motorcycles in the country.

The project which has been named the intelligent transport monitoring system, will also see tracking devices installed in water vessels on all the country’s water bodies.

The Permanent Secretaries for the Ministry of Works and Ministry for Presidency signed the agreement on behalf of the Ugandan government whereas the Security Minister, Gen Jim Katugugu Muhwezi witnessed the signing.

While speaking at the signing ceremony which was held today afternoon at the office of the president in Kampala, Security Minister, Gen Jim Muhwezi hailed the agreement as one that will help deal with the security problem for the country.

Minister Muhwezi said that the project will provide government with a digital system that will monitor vehicles in the country and enable use of artificial intelligence to back up other measures in place to be able to provide the country with security.

He denied reports that the installation of tracking systems on vehicles will invade the people’s privacy, and said that the system will only be used for security purposes and nothing else.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Presidency, Yunus Kakande said the deal between Uganda and Russian company will run for 10 years.

President Museveni first hinted at the program of installing digital monitors to all vehicles and motorcycles following the gruesome murder of Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga in 2018 and last month, the president directed the State Minister for Internal Affairs, Gen David Muhoozi to oversee the project saying that a portion of the budget has been set aside to fund this cause.