By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. Police have revealed that with assistance from Huawei experts, they are installing the first batch of 900 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and laying fibre cables which have so far seen over 81Kilometres covered.
In a statement released on Monday evening, police say that CCTV cameras installation work is ongoing in major urban centres, key road junctions and highways of Kampala as they step up security surveillance efforts.
“900 CCTV cameras under the Uganda Police National CCTV Network Expansion Project are already being installed in strategic locations around Kampala Metropolitan Area. These with traffic lights shall be accompanied by street lights in order to ensure a 24/7 surveillance,” Police said.
Police add that this is part of the first batch of the 5,552 CCTV cameras prepared for the nationwide system that were delivered by Huawei, a Chinese firm among which 3,233 are already slated for Kampala Metropolitan Area.
Police say that they are partnering with urban authorities and other bodies like Umeme, Uganda National Roads Authority, in the advancement of the project especially in managing the effects of cable laying which involves evacuation.
“Much as this comes an intelligent technological complement to the traditional crime prevention efforts, CCTV cameras shall be key in promoting spot on surveillance, traffic flow monitoring, investigation by securing witness cooperation and operational capabilities of detecting number plates of vehicles, faces of suspects among others,” police said.
In March last year, following the death of Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi, President Museveni ordered the Ministry of Finance to provide funds for buying the CCTV cameras.
However, his directive was not implemented until the death of Arua Municipality MP Col. Ibrahim Abiriga in June this year.
Last month, Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima said that the project will reduce the deployment pressure on the Force with current strength of 43,000 officers.
“The presence and use of CCTV helps a great deal in early detection and deterrence of crime. CCTV itself wards off potential criminal elements in many respects,” Kayima noted.