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By Alex Nduhura
As Uganda seeks to take a leap in improving its internal security of persons and property, many thoughts are seizing headlines.
From being cautious to community policing and of late, installations of closed circuit television (CCTV) in Kampala the heart of Uganda.
With these developments, supply chain of crime is soon heading to distortion. Kudos to our security agencies!
Similarly in the neighbourhood Rwanda has already installed CCTV’S in Kigali. There is evidence that CCTV can help government’s worldover, to enhance security operation of persons and property.
However, despite these initiatives there lies great opportunity in one of the relatively new technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa that would deliver quicker and robust intelligence information that would not only support preventative approaches to track and trace criminals or prospects of crime but also provide post crime evidence insights.
Drones, is this type of technology. Elsewhere drones have been used to kill at a distance with technologies which allow collection of military intelligence while thousands miles away, identify targets, and fire missiles at suspected enemies (Afghanistan, Iraq, and Northern Pakistan).
In Rwanda drones have been used in healthcare, while in Uganda, media pioneered their relevance.
Drones too, have been used for distribution of food (USA).
By use of drones, Uganda can be able to reduce the ever increasing incidents of crimes as drones will provide both preventative and post crime insights necessary to either avert or bring to court with ease of suspects of wrong doing.
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The purpose of the use of drone technology can later be extended to healthcare, distribution of emergency aid, mineral exploration, limit immature fishing and trade and tourism.
However, the success of adoption of drone technology requires a number of things including; a legal and regulatory framework to handle modalities of licensing, operations, exit and mutuality of liberties of the civil population among others.
In the end, Uganda will stay focused to achieving its Vision 2040 without turbulence with its people and property.
The writer is a Consultant at Uganda Management Institute. firstname.lastname@example.org