Kampala Metropolitan police has registered at least 187 crime incidents, which have been investigated or still under investigation as a result of crime scenes recorded by CCTV cameras erected on various streets and roads. On February 24th, 2019, CCTV cameras captured a man who stole a mobile phone at Kampala road.
It is one year since
government embarked on installing Closed Circuit Television Cameras – CCTV in
Kampala City and its neighboring areas particularly Wakiso and Mukono districts
to ease security monitoring.
So far, police and Huawei technologies have installed 2547
out of the 3233 cameras proposed for Kampala. Nevertheless, less than 2000
cameras are online whiles others are yet to be connected to the police division
In its first year one, police claim that the CCTV project is doing
wonders in areas of crime investigations and capturing traffic offenders. The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson,
Patrick Onyango, says the CCTV has greatly helped in capturing images of
criminal elements before or after committed crime.
“So far the successes are great, we have achieved a lot. In
terms of investigations we are using CCTV footage to provide evidence and we
are winning cases. In most cases some of the suspects admit once they see the
CCTV footage yet they had earlier denied the crimes,” Onyango said.
He cites the ongoing and concluded investigations in crime
incidents such as murders, kidnaps and street mugging being handled with the
aid of the security cameras. The latest case being investigated with the
help of the CCTV footage is that of Maria Nagirinya and her part time driver, Ronald
Kitayimbwa who were kidnapped on August 28, 2019.
duo was kidnapped outside Nagirinya’s residence
in Lugunjja in Rubaga Division in Kampala. The kidnappers were captured on CCTV
driving Nagirinya’s Spacio vehicle registration number UBA 570V. The said
suspects have since been arrested.
Another incident captured by CCTV is the assassination of Joshua
Nteireho Rushegera and woman, Mellina Tumukunde along Entebbe Expressway last
week. The two were shot dead while driving in a vehicle registration number UAW
534B. CCTV cameras captured the incident and police are using the footage to
track down the assailants.
Kampala Metropolitan police has registered at
least 187 crime incidents, which have been investigated or still under
investigation as a result of crime scenes recorded by CCTV cameras erected on
various streets and roads.
On February 24th, 2019, CCTV cameras captured a
man who stole a mobile phone at Kampala road. Onyango says the suspect was picked up and arraigned
before court where he confessed to the crime after police tabled CCTV footage.
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Other crime incidents recorded by CCTV include theft of motor
vehicle registration number UDZ 012L by unknown person at Serena Nile Avenue.
The suspect was captured using Wandegeya, Old Kampala, Katwe and Nansana CCTV
cameras until he was arrested on June 23rd.
Norman Musinga, Traffic Commander Kampala Metropolitan Police
also applauds the CCTV cameras for the great job they are playing in tracing traffic
offenders, hit and run motorcycles and vehicles. Traffic police cites a vehicle UBF 622A that sped off after
hitting street cleaner on June 10th, 2019.
The driver thought escaping was safe
for him even after crashing the woman yet the incident was recorded by CCTV
cameras. “There are very many incidents that have been addressed with
the help of cameras. These CCTV cameras help us to prosecute the culprits by
capturing the footage on how the offence occurred. We are able to monitor
whatever happens and we use in it court to implicate the suspects,” Musinga
Not only arresting traffic offenders has been enabled by CCTV
cameras but also settling matters between road users. Musinga elaborates that
sometimes drivers accuse each other of being wrong but when footage is played,
one of them concedes and matters get solved.
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Over 800 traffic scenes have been recorded by CCTV cameras
particularly involving Boda boda riders, taxi drivers and private vehicle
owners. The incidents include heads-ons, hit and run, pillion, driving on
pavements, knocking pavements and road barriers.
“There was an incident on Entebbe Road where the driver
crushed the road barrier, with help of CCTV cameras we were able to trace the
time when the vehicle past there and direction it took. We were able to trace
for the car and apprehended the driver,” Musinga said.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga believes more criminal
elements will be captured using CCTV cameras once the installation exercise is
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Police believes even incidents where criminals have
successfully attacked business people like mobile money operators will be
minimized under the fulltime watch of CCTVs.
“The cameras are already
transforming modern day policing in Uganda, with facial recognition and
artificial intelligence as part of policing and security. They are also
helping us to be more accountable through increased visibility and better
response mechanisms,” Enanga said.
He says CCTVs are becoming a wide spread feature in the lives
of Ugandan, where citizens are more secure and conscious in public spaces with
CCTVs. The other innovations include; DNA, Fingerprinting of guns and
digitalising of Registration number plates.