Major General Jim Katugugu Muhwezi has this morning taken to the Twittersphere to respond to and address allegations that his office brokered a deal with a bankrupt Russian company for tracker technology.
Last Friday, the security minister revealed that he had presided over the signing ceremony of the agreement between the government of Uganda and the M/S Joint-stock global systems company on the intelligent transporting monitoring systems, overseen by the office of the President.
President Museveni initiated the mandatory tracking idea as a move to curb gun crime. The announcement was met with mixed reactions, with a public section saying this will intrude into their privacy and compromise personal security. The heightened surveillance, activists added, would infringe on human freedoms.
Days later, classified court documents revealed that the Russian company Joint Stock Company Global Security awarded a 10-year contract to install a digital monitoring system in all motorcycles and vehicles in the country is facing bankruptcy litigation in Moscow.
The documents showed that the company is also facing other debt-related cases filed between 2019 and 2021 in Russia — which set off alarms with people wondering if the contract with the Ugandan government is a means to beat off bankruptcy. These documents further put the government under scrutiny, with the masses questioning whether there was any due diligence done.
Minister Jim Muhwezi confirmed that he was aware of the backlash his office was receiving regarding the contractor’s financial situation, Joint Stock Company Global Security. He further affirmed that this agreement had been in the pipeline long before his appointment to the Ministry of security in June 2021. As advised by the Attorney General, Uganda was not exposed at all.
Yes, the contract was brought to my office. We approved it and we believe there is no risk. Uganda is not exposed at all.Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka
The Attorney General further stated that the contract was approved concerning Uganda’s laws and was certain there were orders of bankruptcy issued against the company.