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Government to Establish National DNA Database

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Government plans to establish a national DNA Database.
The DNA database will provide an extensive collection of DNA samples which will be used by Law enforcement agencies to match suspect DNA.
Ally Lugudo, the commissioner in charge of government analytical laboratory, explains that anyone arrested on suspicion of a recordable offence will be required to submit a DNA sample to the database. The sample will then be kept on permanent record.
Lugudo says that if established, the National DNA database will serjve as a vital intelligence tool which will be used to identify offenders, secure convictions and provide leads for police investigations.
Government also plans to set up regional Foresic labs in Gulu, Mbale and Mbarara. the labs are intended to help solve violent cases and expedite litigation.
More than 130 people will be required to manage the new labaratories.
In another development, the Government Labaratory is grappling with the delayed release of DNA samples which are stuck in south africa.
The bone samples were extracted from unidentified dead bodies recovered from crime scenes last year.
Lugudo explains that the bones were extracted from the dead bodies and sent to South Africa, because the Government lacks the technology and expertise needed to extract DNA from bone tissue.
But three months after the samples were sent, the results have not yet been sent back to Uganda.
South Africa's government chemists have alerted Uganda's government Laboratory that the results from the samples have been delayed by the backlog of DNA tests from South Africa that need to be cleared before embarking on samples from elsewhere.
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Lugudo however says that his office is negotiating with their South African counterparts, to speed up the tests so the results can be dispatched to Uganda.
Meanwhile, the Government lab has also set up regional laboratories in Gulu, Mbarara and Mbale to help ease on the case backlog. The centers will carry out forensic investigations for cases such as rape and defilement.

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