Safaricom has been awarded a tender of sh1.5 billion for the installment of security and surveillance system for the National Police Service.
In 2014, Safaricom under the terms of security contract started installing communication and surveillance system worth sh14.9 billion. The project came to help the police service enhance its operations to combat threats.
According to the contract, Safaricom was to be paid quarterly over a five-year period till the bill is cleared. But the government has not honored the terms of the contract which has made Safaricom make threats of shutting down the CCTV cameras.
The installation of the surveillance system was complete by March 2016.
National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee (BAC) warned the police service that Safaricom had was ready to disable the surveillance system till the government honors the conditions of the contract by clearing the pending bill.
The government still owes Safaricom sh3.2 billion. The government only paid Sh9.27 billion in 2016, Sh881 million in the three years to the end of June 2019, and Sh1.78 billion last year.
“In connection with the National Police Service contract, bills have been raised for both construction and maintenance service as per the contract terms,” Safaricom said in its report for the year to March 2020.
“An amount of Sh1.78 billion was received during the year and the outstanding balance at year-end was Sh646.8 million.”
The Ministry awarded the contract to Safaricom in 2014 with a pilot phase targeting 195 police stations in Nairobi and Mombasa.
The move was aimed at combatting increased cases of crime and terrorism.
The first phase was characterized with a lot of controversies which threatened to ruin the whole installation process. The government worked with Safaricom to ensure that the system was installed wiping away all the doubts associated with the project.
The latest installation is expected with 5G network to ensure high level of connectivity and real time information sharing within the police forces.