Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago writes to govt on CCTV cameras

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago addressing journalists at City Hall at a previous press conference. Courtesy Photo/Faiswal Kasirye

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.

President Yoweri Museveni last week directed the immediate installation of cameras in all major towns of Uganda and along the highways.

The directive was in response to the brutal assassination on March 17th of Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi in Kulambiro, a city suburb. Gunmen ambushed the car in which Kaweesi was travelling from home to work and sprayed it with bullets killing him instantly. His driver Godfrey Mambewa and bodyguard Kenneth Erau were also killed, after which the assailants disappeared on motorcycles.

While at Kaweesi’s vigil on Sunday, two days after the shooting, President Museveni argued that installation of CCTV cameras could help the police detect crime or apprehend criminals.

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.

Bodaboda regulation

Lukwago also raised the issue of regulation of bodaboda cyclists in Kampala that resurfaced after the murder of Kaweesi. If the matter is not handled properly, he said, government will make mistakes.

He says KCCA has been in the process of regulating bodaboda in Kampala for the past two years. Lukwago said regulation of bodaboda is a process that can’t start and end in a day.

For instance, he pointed out that there is no ordinance regulating bodaboda business and commuter taxis in Kampala.

Minister Beti Kamya has not yet commented on this story.