By Abraham Kizza
KAMPALA. Security Minister, Gen. Elly Tumwine has cited inadequate budget support due to limited national resources plus dynamic and the ever evolving threats to National Security as the overall challenges that have hampered the Security sector towards fulfilling the 2016 National Resistance Movement (NRM) manifesto.
“Overall, the challenges are inadequate budget support due to limited national resources and dynamic and ever evolving threats to National Security,” Gen Tumwine said.
While addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre on Monday, Gen Tumwine discussed key security Manifesto Commitments, key achievements, and bottlenecks against priority targets for 2016-2018. He also gave a brief forecast of security priorities (FY 2018/19).
However, the minister said that the security ministry has registered achievements through the professionalization and modernisation of the Defence and security forces, developing Defence and security infrastructure, strengthening research and development, promoting production, engaging in primary, secondary and industrial production, strengthening internal and external security and resettling arrears for veterans.
“On continuing with professionalization and modernisation of the Defence and security forces, the ministry has registered success through building capacity of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces and intelligence services to protect and defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda, the citizens and their property through recruitment, training and provision of equipment,” Gen Tumwine said.
He added that his ministry has strengthened command/control and organisational structures of the UPDF and intelligence services, built the Uganda Police Force capacity to fight crime and to keep law and order through recruitment, training and provision of equipment and established a Senior Command and Staff College at Bwebajja.
On improving crime control, detection, prevention and investigation, he revealed that among others, his ministry has carried out community policing through equipping the communities with policing skills in some parts of the country, especially Kampala Metropolitan area and Greater Masaka, established forensic and medico-legal services for scientific evidence based investigations and enhancing collaboration between Interpol Uganda and other international Bureaus to efficiently and effectively manage trans-national and trans-border crimes.
“We have improved the welfare of the security forces through construction of accommodation units in some Barracks like Katabi, Moroto, Nakasongola and Masaka Armoured Brigade, construction/rehabilitation of Bombo Military Hospital, construction of some Police stations, ongoing construction of Naguru Police barracks and construction of Uganda-Iran Hospital for UPF at Naguru,” he said.
Gen. Tumwine also said that his ministry has strengthened research and development through establishment of the Defence Research, Science and Technology Centre (DRSTC) at Lugazi to spearhead scientific Research and Development, leading to better scientific products and absorption of foreign technology and construction of Aviation Training Academy at Nakasongola.
In promotion of production, the minister said that the UPDF has among others continued to engage in productive activities for national development, specifically through Operation Wealth Creation (OWC). He added that the force also created the Roads and Railway engineers’ regiment to participate in the construction of Standard Gauge Railway noting that some UPDF engineers, technicians and soldiers have been trained locally and abroad to implement the SGR.
The minister also revealed that the security sector has engaged in Primary, Secondary and Industrial Production mentioning that the National Enterprises Corporation (NEC) Ltd has continued to deliver quality products and services to government departments and the general public by undertaking a wide range of economic activities in a sustainable manner.
“Through strengthening internal and external security, there has been generation and provision of intelligence for pre-emptive actions against politically motivated crimes, terrorism, insurgencies, other forms of organised crime and espionage,” Gen Tumwine said adding that the security sector has also carried out security sensitization of the grassroots population.
The minister also revealed that in resettling arrears for veterans, his ministry established the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Ministry of Defence to oversee the resettlement and re-integration of military veterans into civilian life.