NTUNGAMO – Ntungamo police have secured security cameras to be installed in the Ntungamo Municipality and other major town councils in the district in a bid to fight the increased crime.
Police said that 09 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed on main streets and junctions to help security agencies to monitor what will be going on in the town.
Speaking to the press at Ntungamo central police station, the Ntungamo district police commander SP Katwesiime Damian said that the installation phase will start mid-December this year.
This follows the recently increasingly cases of insecurities where at least seven armed robberies took place only October.
Statistics show that since the year, 62 area residents have been murdered, 77 defiled by old people, 13 were raped, 132 cases of housebreaking and rampant cases of threatening violence were reported.
In the 2018 annual crime report released by Uganda police Ntungamo District was ranked the fourth after Lira, Mbarara and Arua Districts. While in 2017 Ntungamo District was ranked the 2nd after Lira in criminality.
SP Katwesiime revealed that security is proposing to have CCTV cameras at Fuelix junction to cater for Rukungiri and Kabale high ways, police station, Kyamate junction, Municipal junction, Karazaarwe Road junction near centenary Bank, at Management Training and Advisory Center (MTAC) for Mabara- Kabale Road and Kyamate Hilltop to monitor the whole town.
SP Katwesiime asked the residents to be patient as 09 cameras will be installed in the first phase and second is expected to be completed next year to cover other major town councils like Rubaare, Rwashameire, Kitwe, Nyamukana, Rwentobo-Rwahi and Nyamunuuka.
He is optimistic that once these CCTV cameras are installed will help them detect and prevent crime in the area.
President Museveni promised the introduction of the national CCTV cameras following the rampant murders in the country, when the Assistant General of Police Andrew Felix Kawesi was assassinated.
Gumisiriza Gordon who operates unisex boutique in Jack jex Kikuubo who is also cell 6 chairpersons it will attract more investors since they are sure of security.
However, he appealed to the government to consider bringing more cameras which are solar-powered in some of dark spot areas because normally has power outrage.
The Ntungamo District woman MP Hon Beatrice Rwakimaari acknowledged that the cameras are not enough but promised the public that to cover the district will be a gradual process since it’s countrywide.
Rwakimaari hailed the security agencies and police for managing to apprehend all armed criminals that have been terrorizing the district because the security of Ntungamo District has been a national issue.