State Minister for Internal Affairs, Hon James Baba has decried the red tape and sluggish handling of travelers at the Entebbe International Airport and the country’s various border points.
Travelers coming in and exiting the country, hospital observed Minister Baba, go through unbearable strain having their documents cleared at the entry points.
“I have noticed this for a while and I wish that we could do better in facilitating our travelers coming in and moving out of the country,” noted Baba..
“If only we could do this job better. It’s painful passing through Entebbe airport; you see people lining up almost unattended. They are not moving.”
“At border point such as Malaba, and Busia, it is even worse. You can’t help wondering what the immigration officers are doing.”
Minister Baba made the remarks while receiving a set of border policing equipment donated by the Government of Japan at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala.
The equipment which included a speed boat and four Toyota Double cabins where channeled to government through the International Organisation for Migration [IOM], a body that has been working closely with the Ministry in strengthening border management.
The Minister cautions that such red tape if not rectified would have ramifications on the growth of the national economy in the long run.
He stressed, “Our country has now becoming attractive to investors, businessmen, and tourists. We cannot afford making it difficult for them to come here.”
The donated vehicles the minister emphasized ought to be used to support speeding up activities in border management and not ‘carrying matooke and charcoal.’
Handing over the equipment, Japanese Ambassador to Uganda HE Junzo Fujita reassured their government’s unrelenting commitment to combat cross border crimes in Uganda and to strengthen border management.
He revealed that the vehicles were fitted with border management technology and communication system.
He expressed hope that the 1 million dollar support would go a long way in enhancing border policing and help fighting cross border crimes such as human trafficking, terrorism and illegal trade.