Mbwatekamwa wants Parliament to urge Government to revoke taxes on CCTV cameras and automotive tracking devises so as to make them more affordable.
cctv in downton Kampala
Members of Parliament want taxes on CCTV cameras scrapped.
The proposal is contained in a motion by the Kasambya County MP
Mbwatekamwa Gaffa that seeks to urge Government to review the tax regime on
Closed Circuit Television-CCTV security cameras and automotive
Close to 3,000 CCTV cameras planned for Kampala Metropolitan Policing
have been installed.
Mbwatekamwa wants Parliament to urge Government to revoke taxes on
CCTV cameras and automotive tracking devises so as to make them more
CCTV cameras incur import duty tax of 25%, 18% for Value Added Tax, and a
withholding tax of 6%. This totals to 49% of tax on a CCTV set. This
means if a CCTV camera costs 1 million shillings, for instance, the tax on it
is 550.000 shillings, which makes it expensive for Ugandans to afford.
According to Mbwatekamwa, the advantages of the CCTV cameras are numerous as
the police can identify criminals recorded on camera and prevent
crimes from being committed.
“The police can identify criminals recorded with cameras; the police can
prevent crimes from happening and can quickly solve criminal cases with
material evidence from CCTV cameras. Cameras protect against property theft and
vandalism and if there are no witnesses to a crime, the surveillance footage
will aid police with Investigations”.
While reporting to Parliament in September, the Minister of Internal Affairs in
a statement to Parliament on the security situation noted that acquiring CCTV
cameras for private individuals is still expensive and the Ministry of Finance,
Planning and Economic Development was being engaged to review the tax regime on
the CCTV cameras.
On several cases in Kampala murder and robbery incidents have been captured
on CCTV Kampala.