Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA
is in the process of introducing access cards to boost security at city hall.
The acting KCCA Executive Director, Andrew Kitaka disclosed this while presenting a progress report of the
investigations into the break-ins at KCCA.
There have been three break-ins
at city hall in the past few months. The latest break-in on August 09, 2019 targeted
the Directorate of Public Health where seven Central Processing Unit-CPUs were vandalized.
The other break-ins targeted the
Engineering directorate and Legal affairs office where CPUs were vandalized.
No suspect has been arrested in
connection to the break-ins. The acting KCCA Executive Director, Andrew Kitaka, says the vandals targeted vital information
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He said to address the problem; they
have started installing CCTV cameras, saying the old cameras were nonfunctional.
Kitaka also says they will also install biometric
access devices to restrict access to city halls.
According to Kitaka,
once the system is installed, KCCA staff will have to use access cards with
their bio data to be able to access the several sections of the building.
He also says they have acquired
more security personnel to man different check points, adding that more will be
Kitaka also said they have restricted access to the balcony of
City Hall building and blocked ducts that harbor utilities.
Some councilors noted
that the break-ins could be the work of KCCA staff. Makerere University Councilor,
Doreen Nyanjura queried the manner in which security check points at KCCA
For instance, she says
the security officer check her bag when she is accessing the premises.
She proposed to the ED that all employees and visitors be checked before and
after accessing the premises.
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URN has observed that while some people are asked to present
their Identity Cards while accessing city hall, some are not, most of them non
Moreover, security sometimes merely peeps or scans through the bags
The Lord Mayor Erias
Lukwago expressed dismay at the fact that KCCA has suffered break-ins despite
the presence of security officers at city hall.
He said there is need to arrest
the head of security Kituuma Rusoke to help with investigations into the break-ins.
further questioned why KCCA has kept him for long and why the
deploying authority hasn’t considered redeploying him, arguing that his
continued stay since 2011 is a threat to the Authority.