BY OKOODI DEO
IGP Kale Kayihura has disclosed that criminal investigations
department (CID) is failing to exploit places of the scenes of crime
due to lack of forensic specialists in the force.
He said this remains a challenge and a reason why crimes are on the
increase in the country because prosecuting officials cannot
successfully prosecute suspects using scientific based evidence.
Speaking during the launch of a Forensic science training Institute at
Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) Kayihura said the
force is now in need of 2000 fully trained scenes of crime officers
and 360 forensic specialists who will properly analyze samples
collected at any scene of crime for the police to have a breakthrough
in identifying real people involved in committing crimes.
He promised to help MUST to speed up the forensic science training
programs so that the urgently needed forensic specialists in the
entire region are recruited from its products in order to strengthen
the criminal justice system in the east, central and in the horn of
The IGP said all Police in the region appreciates that there is need
to invest in science and technology which will save police from
inconvenience of taking samples for analyses in South Africa, UK and
Israel in future.
Kayihura also promised to use MUST experts as consultants in procuring
any scientific equipment to avoid being misled by vendors who usually
make them end up procuring wrong equipment’s or sometimes right
equipment’s but at high price..
On 30TH November 2017 MUST signed a Memorandum of Understanding with
Cukorova University of Turkey to enter in partnership to develop
forensic sciences training as well as designing different research
projects and curriculum
Forensic biology, toxicology, pathology, anthropology and medical
legal investigations are some of the listed programs the forensic
science training institute is going to offer.
Prof. Celestino Obua the Vice Chancellor MUST called on experts in
chemical, toxicology, IT and social science people to work together
and develop the forensic science training curriculum that will stand a
test of time
Source:www.mknewslink.com a western Uganda news website.