US Warns: Drug Trafficking Escalating In Uganda

visit web geneva; font-size: small;”>“While Uganda is generally viewed as a safe, store secure and politically stable country within the region, prostate its extensive and porous borders are inadequately policed, allowing for a robust flow of illicit trade and immigration,” part of the Uganda 2012 Overall Crime and Safety Situation (OSAC) report notes.

While the report indicates Uganda does not play a major role in the production, trafficking, or consumption of illicit narcotics or precursor chemicals associated with the drug trade, the country is strategically located along a major narcotics transit route between Middle Eastern, Asian, and West African heroin markets.

“The amount of drugs transiting via Uganda is increasing. Illicit narcotics transit Uganda for markets in Africa, Europe, and the United States, primarily due to Uganda’s good airline connections between those markets and Asia,” reads the report.

“Narcotic drug traffickers use Uganda as a transit point on an increasing basis. Cannabis is grown throughout Uganda. Cannabis growing is rarely policed areas, allowing for large cannabis crops to flourish in remote rural areas of the country.”

The investigation report indicates that even with an ill-equipped Police Drug Investigative Unit, seizures of illicit drugs are up, and illegal exports from Uganda are rising.

“The Ugandan Counternarcotics Unit maintains an interdiction team at the international airport since she is a party to the 1988 UN Drug Convention.”

The new revelation is a challenge to Uganda authorities to stem the silently growing trade in illicit drugs which is the lead sponsor of terror activities across the world.

Dozens of foreigners especially Nigerians have since been arrested at Entebbe Airport over drug trafficking.

Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi says the romantic laws of Uganda where drug traffickers are charged a paltry Shs1m upon conviction have facilitated the trade.

The report also shows Uganda has experienced noticeable improvement in all security categories except international terrorism and road safety.

“The Ugandan Police Force (UPF) has concentrated its efforts on reducing crime, and the results have been impressive. Improved security has eliminated the need for extraordinary security measures in all but the Karamoja region, and those measures are being reevaluated by the United Nations and the U.S. Embassy.”


The report also shows that threats from regional terror organizations still plague Uganda.

“However, increased capacity of the Government of Uganda (GOU) to deal with these threats and continued victories on the battlefield in Somalia and around the world may have diminished the abilities of these groups to conduct attacks,” reads the State Department report.

Conversely, the document shows, police mismanagement of the Walk to Work (W2W) protests has resulted in numerous and sometimes deadly altercations between police and protestors.

“Although police crack downs have diminished the impact of the W2W protests, future demonstrations in response to corruption, economic and infrastructure woes could easily be aggravated by similar overreactions by the police and should be monitored. Overall, the security situation in Uganda is notably improved over last year’s report.”

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