JAPANESE GOVERNMENT DONATES BORDER MANAGEMENT EQUIPMENT TO UGANDA
The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC), Ministry of Internal Affairs has received border management equipment including four vehicles from the Japanese Government. This donation has been made through the International Organisation of Migration (IOM). The donations are part of the ongoing cooperation between DCIC and IOM under the project ‘Strengthening Border Security in Uganda’ that is funded by the Japanese Government. This was at a ceremony held this morning, 16th September 2016 at DCIC Headquarters in Kampala. This project aims at building the capacity of the Government of Uganda to respond to Transnational security threats through an integrated border management approach. This is through improving infrastructure, equipment and border management systems which will allow DCIC to improve border control. The project which worth 1.8m USD is funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by IOM and DCIC. The 1.8m USD is meant to cater for strengthening border management through, 1. Four Vehicles 2. Border Management equipment: the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) 3. Construction of the Immigration school in Nakasongola 4. Setting up forensic labaratories at Entebbe and DCIC 5. Continued training of Immigration Officials At the same ceremony, the 2nd Edition of ‘Uganda Immigration Border Procedures Manual was launched’. This is a revision of the first edition which was published in 2006 and is to be distributed to all border officials within the next few months. Of the four Vehicles, three Toyota Hilux Pickups are for selected border clusters to ease movement of Immigration Officers as well as Border patrol. The clusters are Goli-Vurra, Katuna-Cyanika and Mpondwe-Ishasha. The other vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser is for the IT section of Immigration to ease their movements as they monitor the technical capacity and its efficient utilization at various border points across the country.
The Ceremony was presided over by the State Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Obiga Kania. In attendance were the Japanese Ambassador H.E Kazuaki Kameda, the Chief of Mission of IOM in Uganda, Mr. Ali Abdi and the Commissioner Immigration, Mr. Namara Anthony who represented the Director DCIC. Also in attendance, was the project officer, Mr. Yuichi Yamamoto as well as other Immigration officers. Mr. Namara Anthony in his remarks thanked the Japanese Government and IOM for their continued support to Immigration and pledged effective and efficient utilisation of the vehicles and other donations from the Japanese people. “We are grateful to the people of Japan for their support through IOM to strengthen Border Security and in the long run ensure Global Peace”, he said. He also announced that as part of the project and cooperation, MIDAS equipment for 8 border points is ready and will be subsequently installed, as well as two forensic laboratories, one at Entebbe Airport and another at DCIC Headquarters are to be put in place to further complement Immigration work. The Chief of Mission IOM, Mr. Ali Abdi urged continued vigilance by the officers at border points and at the DCIC stations within the country. He stressed that “it is important that borders are properly managed”. He highlighted Terrorism and Trafficking as major challenges facing immigration world over and urged caution on all actors. He also announced that four more borders will be installed with the MIDAS system in the next two months. He expressed gratification to the people of Japan for their cooperation with IOM and DCIC. “IOM is and will remain a committed partner to the Government of Uganda” he said. He further stated that IOM would join the United Nations as a related agency on September 16th and this would widen the scope of cooperation with Uganda. This will enable IOM to work in harmony with UN’s overall agenda in the field of migration, while remaining a fully separate and independent organisation, and retaining its accountability to the member states. Ambassador Kazuaki Kameda who handed over the vehicles to the Minister pledged continued support in implementing the Key tenets of the project. He urged DCIC to continue with the good work it is doing and keep striving for improvement. And to effectively use the vehicles to strengthen border security. Minister Obiga Kania in his remarks pledged that the Government of Uganda will continue implementing the key tenets of the ‘Strengthening Border Security in Uganda’ project. He also thanked all the partners for their contribution in the development of the 2nd Edition of the ‘Uganda Immigration Border procedures manual’ The Minister then handed over the vehicles to the respective Cluster heads.