The Uganda Police Force have started fingerprinting all firearms in government, private security organizations and licensed firearm holders.
According to the Deputy Inspector General of Police Brig. Sabiiti Muzeeyi, the fingerprinting process started on 18th September 2018. He explains that a central data-bank is being created to make it easy for investigators to identify the type of firearm used and trace its origin when crimes involving guns are committed.
In June 2018, President Yoweri Museveni ordered that all guns in Uganda be fingerprinted as part of a nine-point security master plan to address increasing killings and kidnaps in the country.
Appearing before Parliament’s Human Rights Committee together with the State Minister for Internal Affairs Obiga Kania and other police officials on Wednesday, Brig. Sabiiti said that the fingerprinting is a quality control measure being put in place so that guns can be easily located in case of any gun crime.
Asked by MPs about the motives of the killings, Sabiiti said that some of the killings are related to ritual sacrifice, terror and among others.
The country has in the recent time seen rampant high profile murders provoking Museveni to direct a series of new security measures. Some of the murders include that of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga and his brother who were shot on June 8, the March 17, 2017 killing of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Felix Kaweesi, the November 2016 killing of Maj Muhammad Kiggundu and others.
The recent murder is that of ASP Muhammad Kirumira and Resty Nalinya who were gunned down in Bulenga.