Ministry of Internal Affairs officials appear before the Defense and Internal Affairs to present the Budget framework Paper FY 2020/21.
“The Ministry of Internal Affairs is incrementally strengthening the capacity of crime fighting agencies including prevention, investigation, prosecution and correctional institutions to reduce and respond to crime.” This was a statement by the State Minster for Internal Affairs Hon. Obiga Kania while appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Internal Affairs to present the Budget framework Paper FY 2020/21. Present at the meeting was also Mr. Martin Okoth Ochola, Inspector General of Police
Hon. Kania Obiga told the Committee that the crime rate had reduced from 667 to 579.2 per 1000 persons by the end of June 2019. He attributed this on the installation of CCTVs cameras, electronic finger printing of guns, reactivation of the 999 patrol systems and collaboration with other sister agencies and the formation of crime prevention clubs in schools.
Regarding human trafficking, the minister noted that 286 cases of trafficking were reported in 2018 compared to 177 in 2017. The minister said that out of the total number reported, 77 were taken to court compared to 29 in 2017. 14 convictions were recorded in 2018 compared to 4 in 2017. He highlighted that the Police had managed to implement the community policing strategies of neighborhood watch, popular vigilance and LC system of community policing.
The Minister informed the Committee that their key priorities for FY 2020/21 include providing Securing the 2021 General Elections; implementing the Presidential directive ( galvanizing security at the sub county level, prisons productions, forensics, CCTVs; Infrastructure development; automation of business processes and systems, formulation of policies; laws and regulations; continuous capacity building; operationalize the National Transitional Justice Policy review and populate the Ministry’s structures.
The MPs however questioned the police over a continuous crackdown against opposition activities citing the recent blocked to the Kyandondo East Member of Parliament, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, alias Bobi Wine during his consultation meetings. The Inspector General of Police (IGP) however noted that they had finally agreed with Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi on the modalities to conduct the consultations. He however, called on the political actors to be more objective and to always communicate with the police for easy and effective implementation of their activities.