Lord Mayor Lukwago Skeptical on Museveni Camera Project

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has said he is doubtful the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera project that was announced by President Museveni will come to pass.

Speaking at the vigil of the deceased police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi on Sunday, abortion President Museveni ordered installation of CCTV cameras on highways in cities and major towns in the country to help curb crime.

“We have always planned to install cameras. They ease investigation, illness ” Museveni said of the project he estimated to cost Shs 400 billion.

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However, clinic Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago Thursday told journalists that as it stands, signs that the project will kick off in the city are minimal because no money has so far been allocated to KCCA for the project.

 “The commitment the president made has budgetary implications and as the authority we have already got 2 budget call circulars but no mention was made to procurement and installation of CCTV cameras. We are in the final stages of the next financial year’s budget but have not seen money for the project,” Lukwago told journalists.

In his speech, Museveni said the cameras would be useful to police investigators who would rely on them in case of crimes but according to Lukwago, government seems not committed to ensuring the project kicks off.

“Everything talked of has to be captured in the budget but it seems this project will not be overseen by KCCA. This might be another project that ends on the lips of people but doesn’t see the light of the day,” he said.

The Kampala Lord Mayor explained that the idea of cameras is welcome but noted that it brings an obligation to KCCA to implement.

“We are now faced with questions on how it is going to roll out and who to implement it. We need government to advise us on to handle.”

He noted that the installation of cameras is a matter of security and of great national importance that government needs to explain to the respective authorities how to implement the project and funds to do it.

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