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Museveni: Digital Numberplates will end criminality

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Museveni: Digital Numberplates will end criminality
President Museveni has said that the recently launched digital numberplates will solve the issue of insecurity in the country.
“I’m now insisting on the electronic number plates. Please, I want my number plates. Don’t delay my number plates. I don’t want these aimless number plates. I want intelligent number plates for the vehicles and for the cars,” he said as he presided over the passing out ceremony of 2,717 newly trained Probational Police Constables, Special Police Constables and Immigration Officers at Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi District.
Government recently launched the numberplate project which will be installed on all vehicles in Uganda starting with Government vehicles followed by privately owned and later newly imported ones.
Government in 2021 contracted a Russian firm Global Joint Security to install the digital numberplates to all vehicles to curb down insecurity.
According to the plan, each privately owned vehicle will pay Shs150,000 for replacement, Shs50,000 for motorcycle while Shs712,000 for new vehicles.
Gen. Museveni noted that the electronic number plates will significantly close the criminality gap, especially terrorism, now that the force is using all the comprehensive means and assets at its disposal to defeat criminals.
“You will see these terrorists who have been killing people from Congo. We are going to finish them. I have told them; we’re going to kill all of them. We have everything needed,” the President noted.
He said the recent killers of tourists in the Queen Elizabeth National Park would have been captured quickly if the work was not mismanaged by the army.
“They came to trace using their eyes at the scene of the crime. They could have brought a police dog to follow. I rang people on the ground some hours after and the dog followed the criminals for 15kms. We got those people much later,” Gen Museveni added, calling upon the new police officers to use all the capabilities at their disposal such as the eyes, the witnesses, the cameras, the police dogs, the telephones and the forensics to get to the bottom of criminality.
Through the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Ministry of Security, the government agreed to a 10-year deal with the Russian company to install digital tracking chips in all automobile number plates registered in the country, under the Intelligent Transport Management Systems program- ITMS.

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