Monday June 30 2014

One arrested over stolen ID project camera

National Identity card Project

Officials take particulars of Mr John Aciga. File Photo 

By Job Bwire

Police in Kampala is holding a man who was found in possession of one of the National Identity Card project camera suspected to have been stolen from one of the registering points in Kampala.
The suspect was arrested over the weekend and is currently being detained at Old Kampala Police Station.

According to the OC Owino Police Post, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Philemon Ameru who led the operation, the suspect was arrested after a tip off from crime preventers in the St. Balikuddembe market who saw him with the camera (Nikon Coolpix). The camera had the engraving ‘Government of Uganda’ (GOU), similar to the ones used in the ongoing registration exercise.

On interrogation, the suspect reportedly confessed to have bought the camera from another person who deals in second electronics in St. Balikudembe Market.

Meanwhile, ASP Ameru has warned that the Police is alert during the registration exercise and will arrest any persons who steal government property.

This comes a midst reports of inadequate kits at the registration centres across the country. However, project has received more kits to boost the exercise which started three months ago.

The Minister for Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, confirmed to the Daily Monitor yesterday that the remaining equipment is being distributed today across the country to make the exercise faster, more efficient and hustle-free.

“There was a nationwide outcry over the slow pace of the exercise due to fewer kits. There is going to be speedier enrollment with the new kits, better supervision and simplified requirements for registration,” Gen Aronda said.

Eight thousand kits comprising cameras, laptops and the biometric data machine were required for registration but only 3,520 kits had been procured.