The government is to build permanent headquarters of the Internal Security Organisation new Security Minister Gen. Elly Tumwiine has said.
Gen. Tumwine said this on Monday at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala.
“Internal Security Organisation (ISO) is the Uganda government’s counter intelligence agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to Uganda’s policy makers. Its headquarters will be constructed,” Gen. Tumwiine said as he outlined the achievements of his ministry at the start of the Manifesto Week 2018 that will have ministers present the achievements of their ministries for the first two years of President Museveni’s current term of office.
On security matters, Gen. Tumwiine said: “I’m glad to say that the security of Uganda has never been better than it is now and that we shall work tirelessly to keep it.” However, despite Gen. Tumwiine’s statement, citizens in Kampala and Wakiso districts are scared of the increasing number of kidnapping and killings. Reports also indicate that Masindi district has also been invaded by panga wielding men that are throwing around leaflets threatening the locals.
Gen. Tumwiine continued that the modernisation of the country’s security was one of the key areas for the manifesto commitment. “Capacity building of UPDF has been done. Training, recruitment is on to fight crime and enforce order,” he said.
Gen Tumwiine said Some UPDF Officers have been equipped with skills to help in the establishment of the Standard Gauge Railway and that also the UPDF has been involved in creating wealth to citizens and production through Operation Wealth Creation.
On strengthening research, the minister said that government has established Lugazi Security Research Centre and that revitalization of research and technology is ongoing at the centre.
He said government has increased CCTV cameras and network in the Kampala City areas, adding that there is ongoing equipment of people with community security skills as promised. “Construction of Naguru Police barracks is also being completed,” he said.
The security priority areas, he said include; acquisition of modern equipment, training, re-skilling and recruitment of security experts and strengthening the already existing academies as well as strengthening Uganda Police air services.