The Aswa River Region police Spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema confirmed that the cameras have not been working due to missing configuration of its signals from the antennas that subsequently is sent to the system’s control rooms.
Several Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in Kitgum Municipality
have remained nonfunctional, one year after they were installed.
The cameras were installed as part of a countrywide security plan following a presidential directive as a measure to
help curb urban crimes and heighten security in all cities. The directive came in the wake of shootings in which several Muslim clerics and other officials were killed by unknown people.
Kitgum Municipality, 15 CCTV cameras were strategically installed in May
2020 at the Kitgum-Gulu highway, the main market, the main bus park, the
district headquarters, at the police station and all roundabouts among other
strategic places within the Central Business District. However, these have not yet served the purpose for which they were installed.
Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema says that the cameras
have not been working due to missing configuration of signals from the
antennas that subsequently send the feed to the system’s control room. Okema
however says that despite their non-functionality, the region has so far installed
automated number plate readers on highways, and CCTV cameras along the
Kitgum-Gulu-Kampala highway and the Gulu-Atiak-Nimule highways.
in; “cameras are in….
the assertion that the CCTV cameras are defective has been received with mixed
reactions among members of the public who say that the situation puts their lives
and security of people and their property at stake in the hands of criminals.
Kitara, the LCI Chairperson of Lulojo Cell in the Central division says initially
they thought the CCTV cameras were working but the non-functionality of the
security installations could spur criminality in the area. According
to Kitara, many residents were cautious because they feared being captured on camera.
in; “wan ki briefing…
out…nek Kitgum aneka.”//
Lapyem, the Kitgum District Vice Chairperson says the doubt in the functionality
of the surveillance system should not tempt wrongdoers to embark in criminality
because even without the camera's the security of all Ugandans and their properties is guaranteed.