Uganda Police has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Algerian National Police to ensure cooperation between the two forces in combating criminality and keeping order in the two countries.
In the MoU, the two forces agreed that the Algerian National Police will oversee Uganda’s much anticipated Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV), camera project which is set to kick off.
According to Police spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye, “Algeria will give technical advice to help implement the CCTV project as well as other projects to which Uganda will benefit.”
Kasingye further revealed that Algeria has already sent a liaison officer, Salim Baba who will coordinate the programs.
“They (Algeria) 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.
Algeria’s Salim Baba who is at the level of a police director will handle the technical part of the implementation of the CCTV camera installation.
On Uganda’s part, the project will be spearheaded by former Kayihura Aide, ACP Jonathan Baroza who according to Kasingye is already in Algiers.
The CCTV project was expected to start a few years ago but stalled due to lack of funds.
Speaking at the late AIGP Andrew Kaweesi’s residence, President Museveni said he would ensure the Finance Ministry puts aside enough money for the CCTV cameras to boost security in the city.
Police is currently working with other stakeholders including the ministries of Security, ICT, Information and Internal Affairs to secure Shs 203 billion needed for the purchase and installation of the cameras.