visit http://damadetrefla.com/wp-includes/class-feed.php sans-serif; color: #222222;”>The rapid assessment by the International Organisation of Migration and the Uganda Department of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) revealed a serious lack of infrastructure; equipment and information management systems at the border crossing points in Uganda could be the cause of security breaches.
The Japan Embassy thus launched the Integrated Border Management Project aimed at strengthening the capacity of the government of Uganda to police and manage its borders effectively.
While launching the project, H. E Junzo Fujita, the Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, said lack of effective border management has contributed to Uganda’s vulnerability to various threats like terror attacks, organised crimes, human trafficking and trade illegal commodities.
Citing the Al Shabaab attacks in Kampala in 2010 that left over 74 people dead, the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi that in 2013 left 67 people dead and the recent Nairobi and Mombasa terror attacks, Fujita urged Uganda and her neighbours to take border security seriously.
Futija further revealed that the Republic of Japan decided to support this project after the 2012 illegal drug trafficking from Uganda.
“It compelled us to share an equal responsibility of making the country secure.”
The Japan ambassador on this note asked the Uganda government to make the best use and to guard jealously the donated funds to enhance regional and international security.
He further promised to continue giving assistance to the children in Karamoja region and to conduct a similar border management in South Sudan through the International Organisation of Immigration.
He revealed that Japan is going to extend a total of $8.8m to six multilateral organisations that include UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR, IOM among others.
On a relative note, Japan appreciated Uganda for the tentative support of peace and security to millions of refugees who seek asylum.