February 28, 2024

Vehicle owners to carry the burden of paying the cost of digital tracking Systems

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The Government has said that Ugandans will have to pay for the installation of digital trackers in their vehicles and motorcycles a move aimed at augmenting the security apparatus of the country.

This was disclosed today by the new Minister of Security Maj Gen Jim Katugugu Muhwezi while addressing journalists at his office where said cabinet had approved the move to have all vehicles and motorcycles installed with security tracking devices.

Minister Muhwezi who is also the Member of Parliament for Rujumbura County in Rukungiri District, said that through this project, the Government security shall be able to know where any motor vehicle is at any particular time.

At the height of urban criminality in Uganda in 2018, President Yoweri Museveni revealed that government will introduce electronic number plates for all vehicles and motorcycles electronic number plates with an electronic signal in them

Gen Muhwezi revealed that the project will be handled by Global Security,  a company from Russia and offers a number of services including deployment and support of integrated information security systems.

When asked the amount of money set aside by government for the project, the Security Minister insisted that government will not inject in any coin but rather the public will pay for the services.

Minister Muhwezi explained 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 who will handle the project.

The entire system will also be linked to the CCTV system which was rolled out throughout the country in a bid to overhaul the entire traffic monitoring system using latest technology.


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