In a bid to monitor works by law enforcement officers, the Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) has purchased body cameras to be used on duty.
According to the Executive Director, Dorothy Kisaka, the cameras will enable them to monitor the officers wherever they have been deployed to work.
She says this will address several complaints from the public after KCCA law enforcement officers have been accused of manhandling street vendors, taking bribes, and illegally confiscating their properties.
Kisaka says KCCA has already trained its officers on handling operations and only remains with deploying them with the body cameras.
“This is something that they have already acquired and gone through training with them. We want to get information from the field in time. So that if there is an issue, it can be dealt with immediately. The problem of reporting late is we fail to resolve an issue quickly.” — She says
She adds that KCCA will not hesitate to penalize or expel enforcement officers found operating outside the law.
Commenting on this development, Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago says the body camera system is complex but is curious to see how it works.
“The idea was given to us by the ED (Kisaka), we had to interrogate it further and see how it will work out because the system sounds sophisticated and alien and hightech,” — he says
He says in addition to this, the KCCA council is in the final stages of drafting a law to regulate the operations of KCCA law enforcement officers.
“The training mechanism has also to be provided for in the law. I have a view that we also create a training center for the enforcement as it is with the police and military. We also need to be clear on qualifications and entrench it in the law” — he adds