In what government purportedly says is a bid to curb urban crime, a Russian hitech firm on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Uganda to undertake the task of installing GPS trackers inside the motor vehicles of Ugandan citizens.
The move presided over by the Security Minister Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi and a team of Russians who represented the firm.
“Today, I have presided over the signing ceremony of the agreement between the GoU and the M/S Joint-stock global systems company on the intelligent transporting monitoring systems I thank H.E [@KagutaMuseveni for his wise guidance and support on this project,” Muhwezi tweeted Friday.
Lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde disputes the mandatory installation of trackers saying it’s a deliberate attempt by government to infringe on the privacy of Ugandans. Muhwezi however says whoever has complaints on the project should run to court otherwise there won’t be any stall since the president himself decreed that the project kicks off.
In the aftermath of Gen. Katumba shooting, president Museveni decreed that all motorcycles and vehices must possess digital trackers to assist security to trace for criminals. The installation of this tracker is to be done at the cost of the owner of the vehicle. Additionally, police say they shall not allow any vehicle on the road without this digital tracker.