The Uganda Police Forensic Laboratory has received approval from the health ministry, indicating that it has fulfilled all necessary requirements and standards for conducting DNA testing services.
This development has led to the lab being officially recognized and registered as a trusted facility for DNA tests, as it has been added to the database of gazetted/certified facilities.
Situated at Police headquarters in Naguru, Kampala, the forensic laboratory was inaugurated on January 28, 2021, by Principal Judge Flavian Zeija.
During the commissioning, Zeija emphasized the need for police leadership to train more officers in forensic science to ensure sufficient manpower for the lab’s operations.
He also stressed the importance of coordination and data integration among institutions like Police, NIRA, DPP, and the court to ensure the project’s success.
The introduction of a certified forensic laboratory in Uganda marks a significant advancement in the field of criminal justice, according to Police spokesperson Fred Enanga.
This state-of-the-art facility empowers law enforcement agencies to gather crucial evidence and make well-informed decisions based on accurate DNA analysis, contributing to a just and peaceful society.
The Police DNA and forensic testing service offers a wide range of DNA testing services, including dead body identification, DNA paternity, maternity, sibling and kinship testing for criminal investigations, immigration DNA testing, cell line authentication, and DNA profiling, as stated in an official statement.
Furthermore, the laboratory collaborates with medical officers from the health ministry, responsible for handling evidential material for DNA analysis, to ensure that the identification, collection, packaging, storage, and transportation of such material adhere to international standards.
This partnership aims to enhance the credibility and reliability of DNA testing procedures conducted at the lab.