Assistant Commissioner of Police, mind Jonathan Baroza, who until recently served as Gen Kale Kayihura’s ADC, is set to head the police force’s delegation in Algeria to oversee and monitor preparations to implement the CCTV project in Uganda.
A delegation from the Algeria police on Tuesday met Gen. Kayihura and other Ugandan police chiefs as part of the cooperation between the forces of the two countries.
Addressing journalists shortly after the bilateral meeting, the Police spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye said the two forces would cooperate in a number of fields including the CCTV camera project and its implementation.
“They are ahead of us and the continent in terms of using the CCTV cameras and they will greatly help us on our forthcoming project,” Kasingye said.
He added that as part of the cooperation each force would send a permanent representative to the other’s respective country in a bid to oversee the implantation of the project.
When asked whether the former aide to the police boss, ACP Baroza will subsequently be the person in charge of this project in Algiers, Kasingye answered to the affirmative.
“He is the one sent from here and is already there,” the police spokesperson said, adding that the Algerian police representative is also in the country to oversee the CCCTV camera project.
President Museveni recently said the CCTV project would help Uganda address insecurity.
He further said he did not expect anyone to interfere with the project as it would help identify perpetrators of crimes in Uganda.
The appointment of Baroza has left many surprised considering he is a low ranking officer and lacks special expertise in ICT.
Baroza has as well been cited in several controversies, the latest being the Shs2.5 billion illicit gold deal involving other senior officers such as Police Professional Standards Unit boss Fortunate Habyara .
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.
Asked to comment on the cost of the entire investment, the police mouthpiece described it as a “capital intensive” project.
“I can’t tell how much it will take but just know it will kick off soon.”
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, cyber crime, 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.