Cabinet Approves borrowing additional $104m for expansion of surveillance Cameras.

The Government of Uganda has approved borrowing of over $104 million to finance the expansion of CCTV cameras and establish several control centers in the suburbs of the capital Kampala.

Towards the end of last financial year 2017/2018 Parliament approved a supplementary budget of Ush. 60 billion (estimated $200m) for procurement of CCTV cameras in major cities and high ways. In August 2018 a Chinese firm Huawei was awarded the contract and supplied 900 CCTV cameras that are currently being installed.

In a statement, the minister of Information and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze indicated that the funds will be borrowed from Standard Chartered Bank.

“The loan will facilitate the design and build the main command and control center, mobile, regional command and control center as well as expansion of CCTVs in the districts of Gulu, Lira, Arua, Kabale, Mbarara, Masaka and Mbale among others,” reads parts of the statement.

Tuwebaze noted that police will further develop data Center with disaster recovery sites able to respond to hacking, and any kind of interference as well as advanced recovery abilities.  The developments come at a time when Uganda’s privacy and data protection bill, 2015 is still being considered by the ICT Committee of Parliament.

 

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