28 February 2013

Kenya: Chinese Firm Drops Police Tender Case

A case challenging the awarding of a Sh20 billion tender to supply police with a communication and surveillance system has been withdrawn.

The case was filed by Chinese company Huawei Technologies seeking to block the awarding of the deal to its privately-owned rival ZTE Corporation. ZTE outbid six companies to win the tender.

High court judge George Odunga yesterday warned the parties against acting in a manner that may bring its authority and dignity into disrepute.

"The court wishes to send warning to parties and other persons whereas the public has a right and freedom to discuss matters pending in court. That right does not include taking actions during the pendency of pleadings whose effect is to bring authority and dignity of court into disrepute. Such actions do and may invite penal actions from court," said Odunga.

Other companies which bid for the tender include China Electronics Engineering, Avic International Holding, ALIT and China Xinshidai Company.

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