1940 out of the proposed 3233 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been installed in Kampala and Wakiso under the National CCTV Project, the Deputy Police Spokesperson, Polly Namaye has revealed. Uganda Radio Network quoted Namaye saying that the cameras are connected to a fibre optic cable measuring 795 kilometers. The cameras are powered by a feed that transmits images and videos through high speed internet provided by the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U).
The cameras are located in strategic Policing Divisions including Katwe, CPS, Old Kampala, Jinja Road, Wandegeya, Kajjansi, Nansana, Entebbe, Wakiso, Kawempe, Kira and Kasubi. “Installations are expected to be concluded by December 30th 2019. Namaye adds that the installation of cameras will aid the police in investigations of crimes and prosecution of offenders,” Namaye said. Namaye explained that: “So far with the help of the cameras, we have successes in 27 incidents around CPS Kampala, 8 around Katwe, 6 around Old Kampala and 7 crime incidents at Wandegeya.”
She says that several police commanders, technicians and camera operators have completed training and are ready for the daily routine to ensure the operationalization of the cameras. While commissioning the CCTV Command Center at Natete Police Station in October last year, President, Yoweri Museveni said the cameras would enhance supervision of police officers during operations as well their response to crime. President, Museveni pushed for the installation of the cameras when the former Police Spokesperson, Felix Andrew Kaweesi was gunned down. The project, which is being implemented by Huawei Technology limited, is expected to cost the tax payer Shs458bn once completed. For comments call or text us on 0752510225.