Forensics Sciences training soon to be reality @ MUST

The Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura, top police forensic leadership and a high profile delegation from Cukurova University-Turkey were on Sunday, 3rd December 2017 hosted by Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) at its main campus at Kihumuro, Mbarara. The visit was in line with the university's planned introduction of a new dimension of forensics sciences training.

The delegation from Turkey comprised of; the Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Halil Elekcioglu, Prof. Mate Korkut Gulmen - President of Department of Forensic Medicine and Sciences, Prof. Dr. Harun Arikan - International Director and Prof. Dr. Ufuk Gultein - Vice Dean for Agricultural Faculty. This came a few days after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between MUST and Cukurova University and the ground breaking for the regional Forensic Referral Centre at Naguru Police Headquarters.

IGP Gen Kae Kayihura emphasizing a need to address crime rate using scientific evidence

IGP Gen Kale Kayihura addresses the meeting at Kihumuro, Mbarara

 

The visit was a scoping exercise to the new initiative and an interactive session in the development of the Forensic Sciences training Institute. Cukurova has pledged to support MUST to advance their capabilities in Forensic Sciences in areas of forensic toxicology, forensic anthropology, forensic biology and medical legal investigations. This is a vote of confidence in the quality of training for MUST as a centre of excellence in Uganda and the region.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Celestino Obua who is at the forefront of this initiative at MUST appreciated the Government of Uganda and Police top leadership for the great support in the establishment of a timely but also a relevant institute that will give MUST a chance to provide a scientific input to the criminal justice system. The delegation from Turkey was also appreciated for giving the green light to this partnership. Prof. Obua asserted that the already established structures such as the pathology department, medical laboratory Sciences department, existence of Epicenter-a research hub at MUST and an already accredited programme of criminology are opportunities to aid the new Institute.

In his remarks, General Kale Kayihura- the Inspector General of Police, gave a trajectory of the Forensics department at Uganda Police and the developments of Forensics Sciences training with a focus of curbing crime rate in the country.

The VC, MUST Prof. Celestino Obua and police forensic leadership at the ground breaking ceremony of the Regional Forensics Centre, Naguru, Kampala

The VC, MUST Prof. Celestino Obua and police forensic leadership at the ground breaking ceremony of the Regional Forensics Centre, Naguru, Kampala on 2nd December 2017

 

The IGP noted that MUST’s positioning as a centre of excellence and its focus on community engagement justified its selection in this noble initiative. He also emphasised the need to use relevant equipment and scientific evidence with his new proposed approach of; “copy, customize, innovate and paste”. This will enable Uganda to utilize the tools and skills from other countries to best fit in our own setting. Prof. Dr. Halil Elekcioglu in his cordial remarks pledged commitment to work with MUST to make this partnership advance to greater levels. He finally thanked the Uganda Police for the enthusiasm depicted in starting the Forensics sciences in Uganda. Sharing his own forensics experience, Prof. Mate Korkut Gulmen emphasised a need to be more careful and science oriented while implementing forensics training and programmes.

As a way forward, MUST is set to establish working groups and continue the thinking process as development of curricula progresses. The delegation then toured the two MUST campuses and were impressed with the ground opportunities and commitment by MUST leadership.