Minister of State for Finance – designate, Hon Amos Lugoloobi, Thursday read the budget on behalf of President Museveni, who is also the substantive Minister of Finance.
Lugoloobi said Government has budgeted Shs. 6.9 trillion next financial year to create a peaceful and secure environment for economic growth and development.
The money will be used to acquire, refurbish and maintain military equipment; complete the construction of the Military Referral Hospital in Mbuya and train military medical personnel and procure medical equipment and commence construction of 30,000 housing units for the military, the construction of the military museum, as well as military barracks.
“Improve urban security with implementation of phase III of the Safe City CCTV project,” he said.
Speaking at the event, Museveni Thursday said every vehicle and motorcycle will be required to have a digital monitoring device as part of his government’s attempts to contain cases of insecurity in the country, like the recent assassination attempt at Works and Transport minister, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala.
“It will show us where you are at any one time. As soon as there is a crime, we go. I don’t want any wasting time in investigations. I have told Gen David Muhoozi (State minister for internal affairs) to check what has happened to that plan. We would not be wasting time on who was there,” he noted.
The president further noted that most guns in Uganda have been finger-printed by security agencies.
“The deputy IGP, Gen Paul Loketch says that they already know the fingerprints on the gun used in the Gen Katumba shooting,” he said.
According to him, government catered for technical means which security have started employing to fight crime in the country.
“Once the police wake up and uses the cameras more effectively, you will see how they will help us stop crime,” he added.