Security Minister Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi says the Russian firm contracted to install tracking devices in motor vehicles and motorcycles will proceed as Ugandan government took a neutral stand on the looming conflict in Ukraine.

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Muhwezi insisted that the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has nothing to do with the deal Kampala made with the Russian firm. He adds that Uganda is not a NATO member state and therefore will not emulate any sanctions imposed on the Kremlin.

Muhwezi also trashed complaints raised by the Tororo woman MP Sarah Opendi who said there was no due diligence done before the services of the Russian firm were procured. Some investigations also showed that the tasked Russian firm had even run bankrupt and therefore was incapacitated and incapable to effectively pursue the deal. Similar concerns were raised by Bukanga North county MP, Nathan Byanyima who said the contract was made when Muhwezi was not yet the security Minister.

“Gen. Muhwezi was not a security Minister and it was another Minister. My humble request is to carry out due diligence, not to let us down. This country has suffered;everything we try to do in this country turns out soar,” Hon. Byanyima said.

Additionally, Minister Muhwezi says the trackers will be installed at the vehicle owner’s own cost rubbishing suggestions by Ruhinda South MP Donozio Kahonda who appealed to government to incur the costs of installing trackers in the existing vehicles and leave out only the new vehicles whose costs will be covered by the owners.

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