Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has penned a letter to government, through Kampala Minister Beti Kamya, seeking explanation on funding for the proposed installation of close-circuit television CCTV cameras in Kampala.
But Lukwago now argues that as the implementing agency, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is operating with budgetary constraints. He also notes that the authority budget has been reduced from 568 to 314 billion shillings.
Lukwago further explains that KCCA in the final stages of preparing its budget for financial year 2017/18. He says KCCA is faced with questions such as where will funds for security cameras come from, how the project will be rolled out and when.
“I have to prepare for city council sitting which will discuss this matter (CCTV cameras). I have written to the minister, seeking advice on this issue because this is a matter of great national importance, a security matter,” Lukwago said.
He says KCCA councillors want answers in regard to installation of CCTV. Lukwago further notes that they want explanation on whether CCTV cameras will be installed in 2017 or in the coming years.
Recently president museveni ordered for the installation of cameras just a day after Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi was murdered.
“We have been planning to do This particular project for some time yet we have been postponing that will on account of additional priorities like the roads along with also electricity,” said Museveni in a statement sent to media houses by his press secretary Linda Nabusayi.
“Since, however, these thugs think they can use the remaining gap in our otherwise robust security frame work, I have decided along with also directed the Minister of Finance to work with the Police to immediately close This particular gap,” the statement further read.
This particular move mirrors one by the Government of Kenya three years ago, which led to the installation of CCTV surveillance cameras in 41 major locations around Nairobi to curb crime along with also traffic offences from the city.
The Lord Mayor Erias also criticized the President Yoweri Museveni for the remarks he made recently urging Ugandans to confront motorcyclists who act in ways that raise suspicion.
Lukwago says the president’s statement has caused panic and fear among the public and if heeded will cause anarchy and violence.
Addressing journalists at his office at city hall, Lukwago says no one should harass or persecute boda-boda riders urging the public to work with authorities and harmonize the leadership and operations of the motorcycle taxis in the city.