Courtesy Photo: Late Suzan Magara portrait, "the Lady" painted by Daniel Lagen.
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Maria Nassiwa

Kampala: Government is to start the construction of the national command center for CCTV cameras in line with the president’s order aimed at curbing insecurity.

The project will be headed by the Uganda Police Force with a target on installing over 3233 cameras in Kampala metropolitan

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Police spokesperson, Emilliano Kayima, while addressing the press at Central Police Station said the project started on 16 July, and will be rolled out in phases.

“3233 cameras will be placed in Kampala metropolitan areas which cover the biggest percentage of Uganda’s population,” said Mr Kayima.

All the action will be in Kikwandwa military facility in Kakiri, Wakiso district where a multi-billion ultra-technology facility is being constructed which began with a construction of an ICT Centre.

Earlier in March this year Mr Museveni pushed for the installation of the CCTV cameras stemming unexplained murders in the country.

For instance, the brutal murder of Muslim leaders, Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi who was shot dead by unknown people in what police said was a planned assassination, and Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi, who was killed alongside his body guard, Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Wambewo on March 17 last year.

The ICT ministry will be in charge of evaluating the quality of the cameras while Ministry of Security and Police work together in assessing the security aspect of installing the gadgets

Mr Kayima added, “to ensure the smooth running of the project, the Uganda police force is patterning with various organizations such as NIRA, UNRA and UMEME.”