Commercial bank to give gov’t $104 loan for CCTV cameras

Cabinet has approved a proposal to borrow from Standard Chartered Bank more than $104m (Shs 390bn) to finance the national CCTV network expansion project.

According to the ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze, the loan shall be used to design and build the main command and control centre, mobile command and control centers, and regional command and control centers, video surveillance through the installation of CCTV cameras across the country and installation of integrated communication platforms.

Tumwebaze told journalists that the loan shall also be used to finance the process of Integrating case management systems (face recognition software, DNA, among other systems); in the development of data center with disaster recovery sites, Installation of required network infrastructure, training of staff in all the relevant system and operation and maintenance of the system.

The idea of installing CCTV cameras was mooted at the height of mysterious murders that target high profile personalities.

Notable high profile murder victims include more than 20 Muslim clerics, Principal state attorney Joan Kagezi, Maj Muhammad Kiggudu, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi and most recently ASP Muhammad Kirumira.

Following Kaweesi’s murder, president Museveni ordered the Finance Ministry to avail funds for purchasing CCTV cameras.

Under the 2018/19 national budget, only Shs 60bn was allocated to finance the first phase of the project.

The first batch of 900 CCTV cameras was delivered last month under the Uganda Police National CCTV Network Expansion Project which was contracted to Chinese IT giants, Huawei.

A number of them have already been installed in and around Kampala.

A total of 5,552 CCTV cameras needed for the nationwide system.