A 28-year old man in Hoima District, Uganda, Anatoli Kiiza, has asked the government to legally authorize him to test his locally made weapons. Kiiza states that he has manufactured and upgraded a missile which he can test if the government permits him to do so.
He claims to have 'researched on the internet' how missiles are made in countries like USA,China and North Korea. “I have manufactured and upgraded a missile. I can also manufacture a rocket launcher,” he said.
Kiiza previously made attempts to fabricate a machine similar to a missile in June 2012 but Police
arrested him. After undergoing interrogation, he was released without being prosecuted in the courts of law. According to him, his love for weapons manufacturing can be traced in his childhood.
“While still a child, I assembled a homemade bomb and went to test it at a river. I exploded and injured my right leg. Villagers got concerned and reported me to the LCI. My mother cautioned me against making such dangerous materials,” he stated.
Kiiza says that he is in advanced stages of researching how to obtain a launch pad which could push the round-metallic device which has a cone-shaped head where he had already installed a cylinder. Uganda to him can save money which it spends on buying weapons if innovative people like him are supported to manufacture weapons.
Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said all innovators are encouraged to contact area respective authorities such as Chief Administrative Officers, Resident District Commissioners and district chairpersons who can then link them to the ministry in charge of innovation, science and technology.