Early this year, following the heinous murder of former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the president ordered that CCTV cameras be expeditiously installed especially in major cities and on major highways.
Now the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has had a meeting with a high level experts delegation from Algeria to help lay the back bone for these cameras, as well as initiate a procurement plan.
According to police sources, Jonathan Baroza, one of the sacked aides to Uganda’s Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura, will oversee the CCTV Camera Installation project aimed at curbing crime, and being able to easily track criminals.
Addressing the Media today, AIGP Asan Kasingye, confirmed that Baroza had arrived in Algeria to coordinate the installation of spy cameras in Kampala, other towns and highways, a project that is spearheaded by the Algerian government.
“It is true [Mr] Baroza is already in Algeria. He will be coordinating with Algeria ICT experts to help in the installation of CCTV cameras. Algeria has also sent us a permanent ICT manager, Mr Salim Baba and will be sitting at our headquarter,” Mr Kasingye said shortly after a press brief by Gen Kayihura in which he announced the collaboration with Algeria government.
AIGP Kasingye said the CCTV camera project would take three phases including installation of cameras in the central business district of Kampala and the neighboring areas of Wakiso, Entebbe and Mukono.
“The second phase will be the major towns like Gulu, Fort Portal and Mbale among others. The last phase will be installing cameras on all major highways,” added Kasingye.
He said the meeting between the Uganda police force and their counterparts from Algeria will discuss ways of helping their counterparts from Kampala in many other fields.
These include counter terrorism, cybercrime, traffic and ICT among others.
Speaking during the meeting, Gen Kayihura applauded their counterparts from Algeria for helping the Ugandan police match international standards in terms of policing.
“You are a field police and the challenges affecting you as similar to ours. The cooperation will greatly benefit us,” said Kayihura.
Baroza has been in Algeria to run the project’s activities will see cameras fixed on Kampala’s streets, and major highways.
Algeria has already sent a liaison officer who will coordinate the programs. Controller Salim Baba who is at the level of a Police Director will handle the technical beat of the implementation of the CCTV Camera installation. It is however still unknown when of the project will begin given that it remains under the unfunded priorities for the 2017/2018 financial year.
This is part of the Bi-lateral cooperation that was signed in February this year between Uganda and Algeria to boost security between two countries.
Baroza was shown the exit last month, and replaced with CP Ibrahim Sagal from Interpol in an internal reshuffle that saw all Kayihura’s six aides sent packing, pending deployment.
There were allegations that these aides would interfere in criminal investigations.