By Fred Kiva
A joint security team has concluded registration and fingerprinting of all guns in Kampala Metropolitan Areas.
Deputy Police Spokesperson, Polly Namaye told a weekly police press briefing at Naguru Police headquarters on Monday that a team comprising of the army, police, Uganda Prison Service,Uganda Wildlife Authority,External Security Organization and Internal Security Organisation, have worked closely with other relevant authorities to register all guns within Kampala Metropolitan Area.
“So far, the team has registered all guns in the hands of the Police Force, Prisons Service, Private security and those privately licensed within Kampala Metropolitan Area,” Namaye said. She added that the exercise will be rolled to Katonga region beginning Tuesday, April 16. “The team is working to ensure that by the end of July, all guns under the Police Force, the Prisons services, and private ownership as well those held by private security organizations will have been registered,” she revealed, adding “The team is concerned with capturing the data of each individual gun and marching this data with the holder. The team then forwards this data to the forensic experts for purpose of interpretation and storage using the Integrated Ballistics Identification Systems (IBIS).”
“It is important to note that individual guns have individual characteristics which differentiate them from others. This will make the work of tracking guns easier after their use. While Finger Printing, the team will fire bullets from each gun, so as to get the unique characteristics. The public is encouraged not to be alarmed when they hear the sound of guns in the specific areas as we shall be informing you.” Namaye said.
The national gun registration and fingerprinting exercise commenced in September last year in Kampala Metropolitan Areas.The exercise that’s being done on a roll out basis is intended to address gun related crimes by easing investigation and tracking of guns used in the shooting incidents.The gun registration exercise is part of the enhanced security measures to curb down the rampant cases of high profile shootings that have robbed the country of Police Spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Prosecutor Joan Kagezi, Buyende DPC Muhammad Kirumira and a number of Muslim clerics, gunned down in cold blood of recent.
By Fred Kiva