Engineer in trouble for damaging underground cable fibre network in Kakiri
The Directorate of ICT in collaboration with CID and Kakiri Territorial Police are actively investigating circumstances under which a section of the underground fibre cable network in Kakiri, Wakiso was damaged during a site clearance for construction works, by engineer Kyambade Eddy.
Due to the damage, robust underground cables for the CCTV zones in Kakiri, Wakiso, were spoiled, thus disrupting the cable network of the CCTV, in Kakiri, Masuliita, Namayumba and Kikandwa.
According to CP Enanga Fred Police Spokesperson, the disruptions affect the monitoring of security and safety of persons within the CCTV zone, thus affecting police response to emergencies.
He told reporters at Naguru police headquarters on Monday that although their team of ICT experts are working on the restoration of the CCTV networks, they are getting more concerned, because this is the third incident, where the underground fibre networks are damaged, yet the protection zone is clearly marked on major roads, highways, towns and other localities.
“We want to caution all road contractors to work closely with the Directorate of ICT, to ensure their plants and machinery operate in a manner which does not interfere with very critical government communication infrastructure. The damage to the underground fibre cable network has serious financial consequences, in terms of restoration. We are going to ensure heavy fines or costs of reinstating the fibre are felt by the construction company and further charge the driver for negligent conduct, which resulted in the damage of the fibre cable network” said Enanga.
He also promised that they are working with the KCCA, UNRA, all cities, municipalities and town councils to harmonize and reduce fibre cable damage.