The Uganda government has decided to borrow almost Shs 400bn for the security surveillance camera and support systems to be deployed across the country.
This is part of what President Museveni says is a big strategy to combat urban crime and acts of terrorism in Uganda.
Information and National Guidance Minister Hon Frank Tumwebaze said Cabinet chaired by Museveni on Monday “Approved the proposal to borrow up to US$104,022,277 (Shs 390bn) from Standard Chartered Bank to finance the National CCTV Network Expansion Project.”
Uganda has in recent years witnessed endless killings of high profile figures in society, the latest being former senior police officer Muhammad Kirumira this past Saturday.
Others include Senior State Attorney Joan Kagezi, AIGP Andrew Kaweesi, Maj Mohammed Kiggundu and Muslim clerics among others.
Government is already deploying CCTV cameras in Kampala city and Wakiso Districts.
The loan approved by Cabinet is to allow government procures more systems to cover other parts of the country.
Tumwebaze said Shs 390bn will cater for the designing and building of the main Command and Control Centre, Mobile Command and Control Centres, and Regional Command and Control centres for the surveillance systems.
The Minister further said the loan will as well cater for “Video surveillance through the installation of CCTV Cameras across the country; installation of integrated communication platforms; and integrated case management systems (face recognition software, DNA, among other systems).”
Government will go ahead to develop a data centre with disaster recovery sites; install required network infrastructure; train staff in all the relevant system; and operate and maintain the system.
Museveni recently said much as the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) is “strong and has managed to pacify the country, there have been weaknesses in ensuring urban security as urban centres and their population has drastically expanded.”
He said government would put cameras and other security equipment on streets and highways to mitigate urban crime.
Officials say government aims to make the video surveillance network omnipresent and fully networked – combining data mining with sophisticated video and image analysis.
Western law enforcement agencies use facial recognition technology to identify criminals hence preventing crime.