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House team clears Safaricom security tender award

Summary

  • National Security Committee says the contract should extend to the rest of the country as soon as possible.
  • In June, Parliament had stopped the signing of the contract, questioning Safaricom’s technical capacity.

A National Assembly committee has approved the Sh15 billion security surveillance contract award to Safaricom.

The deal will see the mobile service provider set up and manage a secure communication network for police featuring surveillance cameras and digital communication devices linked to a central command and mapping centre.

In its report, the National Security Committee said the contract, initially set to cover Nairobi region, should extend to the rest of the country as soon as possible.

In June, Parliament had stopped the signing of the contract, questioning Safaricom’s technical capacity to roll out the highly sophisticated communication network for the Kenya Police Service.

They also had questions about the tender process.

The Public Procurement Oversight Authority told the Committee on Administration and National Security that it gave the multi-billion-shilling security contract the go-ahead after determining that due process had been followed.

The House is set to debate the matter.

The police communication tender still faces a challenge from a firm claiming to have been awarded the contract more than a decade ago. Tetra Radio moved to court this month seeking to commit Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) directors to civil jail for allegedly ignoring a valid court order in giving Safaricom a frequency for the deal.

Tetra Radio says it was awarded a similar contract in 2001 for the building, operation and provision of a communication system for the Kenya Police, and argues that its deal with the government is still valid.