Uganda Police is yet to begin the construction of the state of art forensic lab as resolved by the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation in 2014. Uganda pledged to set up the forensic lab that would be used by all the 14 member states for forensic analysis and investigations as other countries also set up lab for various other services.
However, three years down the road, little progress has been made. Police has only managed to set up a directorate of forensics at the police headquarters Naguru. The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, says they are in advanced stages of planning for the project.
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Currently, Police sends all evidence requiring forensic analysis to South Africa or United Kingdom. Due to the distance involved, the use of forensic evidence is quite expensive.
Kayihura says the absence of a forensic laboratory makes it difficult for police to handle most cases involving forensic evidence to their conclusion.
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The expense of using forensic evidence is not only a challenge to Uganda but other countries in the entire Eastern Africa region with the exception of Sudan. Sudan has just completed constructing and its own forensic center of Excellency.
Sudan announced the accomplishment during the just concluded EAPCCO Annual General meeting and welcomed all member states to make use of the center that is closer compared South Africa.