Sa­fari­com rings in se­cu­rity deal

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT -

KENYA’S largest mo­bile phone firm Sa­fari­com said yes­ter­day it had signed a deal with the gov­ern­ment to con­struct a se­cu­rity sys­tem worth 14.9 bil­lion shillings (R1.8bn). The project was given the goa­head by a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee on ad­min­is­tra­tion and na­tional se­cu­rity in July, which cited last Septem­ber’s at­tack on the West­gate shop­ping mall in Nairobi and at­tacks on the coast in re­cent months as rea­sons to im­prove surveil­lance and se­cu­rity na­tion­ally. The award­ing of the con­tract to Sa­fari­com, which is 40 per­cent owned by Bri­tain’s Voda­fone, sparked a row when crit­ics com­plained it had been awarded with­out a open bid­ding. Un­der con­tract terms, Sa­fari­com will in­stall and run a surveil­lance and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem that is linked to po­lice sta­tions to help com­bat crime, ini­tially op­er­at­ing in Nairobi and Mom­basa. – Reuters

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