Security Equipment too Expensive for Many Hotel Owners

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Hotel owners say a police requirement that all hospitality establishments install modern security equipment is unrealistic. This week hotel owners met with the police to discuss the prevention of terrorist attacks on the country. Following the session, Ismail Sekandi the Executive Director of the Uganda Hotel Owners Association said he appreciated the advice given, but actual implementation of security guards will be hard because of the high cost of monitoring equipment. Sekandi said equipment like metal detectors, close circuit cameras and x-ray machines is too expensive for most hotel owners to afford. He explained that the price is multiplied by investment in training personnel to operate the gadgets. //Cue in: "The hand detector ..." Cue out: "... sensitive about spending."// In August, President Yoweri Museveni directed the Ministry of Finance to waive taxes on civilian security equipment in order that more establishments can protect themselves from attack. Marudin Mithani, a director at security company Reliance Infotech, said this has considerably lowered prices. He said that instead of considering purchase of equipment as a one-off deal, hotel owners should see it as long term investment in insuring their properties against attack. //Cue in: "Security has no amount ..." Cue out: "... gone down."// Mithani said purchase of metal detectors and screens has gone up following the July 11th attacks on Kampala. ###