Parliament has approved a loan of a $104m (Shs389billion) loan to fund installation of the second phase of CCTV across all the remaining towns of Uganda.
The second phase of the project which is supposed to begin in June 2019 will be for trenching, networking and installing Cameras on highways, Municipalities and small towns across the Country.
The request was submitted to Parliament’s Committee on National Economy last September after government signed a commercial contract worth $120m with Huawei Technologies.
According to State Minister for Internal Affairs Obiga Kania, So far, 1,756 of the expected 3233 cameras have already been installed in different parts of the country.
Obiga said the CCTV project has already registered success, as the number of petty crimes reported in Kampala has reduced because of awareness of the existence of the cameras.
“In fact, in the last two weeks I have got reports from about three MPs whose cars were vandalized, knocked and the culprits tried to escape, but the cameras were able to trace them and we have been able to recover them. Over the number of petty criminals has also declined. So this project is real and is working,” Obiga said.
The loan will be financed by Standard Chartered Bank.