The Cabinet of the Republic of Uganda sat on Monday September 10, 2018 at State House Entebbe under the Chairmanship of H.E the President and passed a set of resolutions among which included the approval of borrowing up to a tune of over $100m for CCTV Cameras across the country, the Minister of ICT Frank Tumwebaze disclosed in a press brief this morning.
The government has approved the proposal to borrow up to US$104,022,277 from Standard Chartered Bank to finance the National CCTV Network Expansion Project. This comes after an increase in crime in the city which the president believes will be greatly solved once the CCTV cameras are put in place.
While addressing journalists this morning at the Uganda Media Center in the country’s capital Kampala, Mr Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of ICT & National Guidance who also doubles as the Spokesperson of the Government of Uganda noted that; “ The Cabinet that met with the President resolved that the proposal to borrow US$ 104,022,277 from Standard Chartered Bank to finance the National CCTV Network Expansion Project has been approved”
The said money that is slated to be borrowed will be used to among others; Design and build the main Command and Control Centre, Mobile Command and Control Centres, and Regional Command and Control centres.
It shall also be used for Video surveillance through the installation of CCTV Cameras across the country, Installation of integrated communication platforms, Integrated case management systems (face recognition software, DNA, among other systems), Development of data centre with disaster recovery sites, Installation of required network infrastructure, Training of staff in all the relevant system and Operation and maintenance of the system.