Uganda Police struggles with tracking mobile phones

The Uganda Police force has said they lack technology to track mobile phones of kidnappers once switched off.

This is according to Kampala Metropolitan commander Moses Kafeero who was appearing alongside police leadership before the human rights committee of parliament to answer concerns from the human rights report 2017.

Kafeero was tasked by members of Parliament  to explain on steps police is taking to apprehend kidnappers whose cases are currently on the rise.

Kafeero informed MPs that some of the kidnappers were using the victims phones which he said makes it hard to know their identity.

Kafeero gave an example of Rose Nakiseeka whom he said the kidnappers were using her phone and every time they would make the calls to demand for ransom the kidnappers would switch off the phone immediately which he says once the phone is switched off the mast cannot detect these phones.

“Actually the issue of Nakisekka, what we discovered when the case was reported, the kidnappers were using the girl’s phone, when we worked out with the communication company and indeed the particulars of the phone that was using used were for the girl,” Kafeero said.

He said they can only track phones that are switched on.

“This system of tracking works on the phone is on, so you keep tracking the masts, as soon as the phone is off, you can travel anywhere and the mast can’t detect; however, the kidnapers would switch it on ask for ransom and when it is sent, they switch off” Kafeero added.

On the security situation in the country, the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola said it is normal and calm.

“The security organs are working in tandem to ensure that there is law and order and we shall maintain it; the hand full of thugs who are committing crimes in the country, we shall handle them and make sure they are produced in courts of law.” He said.