By George Aine
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Brig. Muzeeyi Sabiiti, has urged the Chinese government to help the Uganda Police Force acquire the latest technologies to fight cyber-crime.
“We appreciate the support China government has offered to Uganda police over the years, for instance, the recent trainings. However, we request for more assistance in fighting cyber-crime which is still a big problem,” Brig Sabiiti said on Tuesday at Interpol offices in Kololo where Chinese Ambassador Zheng Zhuqiang donated a 30-sitter coaster to police.
Brig. Sabiiti told the Chinese ambassador that the Force is grappling with challenges of curbing cross-border crime such as human trafficking, terrorism, motor vehicle and drug smuggling.
According to the 2016 Interpol report, close to Shs200b was lost by ministries and banks to hackers.
“We also thank [Ambassador Zhuqiang] for giving us a generator that solved our electricity problem. We now have power 24/7 and this has simplified our work. Even this coaster you have given us to today will ease our officers’ movement,” Brig. Sabiiti said.
Mr. Zhuqiang applauded the police for protecting Chinese businessmen and ensuring safety for all nationals. This, he said, was the reason why many Chinese are yearning to invest in Uganda.
He said supporting Uganda police was more of supporting their own country because when the police have the capacity to fight crime it means Chinese nationals are safe.
“We are happy that Uganda police has always ensured security for Ugandans and all Chinese living in Uganda. We promise that we shall keep this close cooperation,” Mr. Zhuqiang said.
Interpol director, Fred Yiga, acknowledged Mr. Zhuqiang’s donation that includes a coaster, generator, securing training for Interpol officers, TV screens, and video cameras. This equipment, he said, have seen Interpol serves citizens with efficiency and effectiveness.