5 February 2014

Kenya: CCTV to Replace Traffic Police in Nairobi From March 2014

Nairobi roads and roundabouts will no longer be manned by traffic police as has been the case over the years following the installation of CCTV cameras on traffic lights that will monitor and control traffic.

The plan that is set to rollout starting March 1, 2014 is the result of months of upgrades of traffic lights and installation of CCTV to monitor major roads in Nairobi.

According to Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero, the machines are more than capable of controlling traffic meaning the police can be redeployed to handle security.

"Where there is electronic traffic control system there is no need to add human's intervention," he said.

The governor who was speaking after receiving recommendations from a committee tasked with decongesting Nairobi also noted that a number of cameras installed along University Way in the past few weeks had already been destroyed by rioting students.

As a result the governor says the University of Nairobi now has to pay for repairs worth 5 million shillings.

"We are going to claim repairs of the university way from the University of Nairobi and the ones from Nyayo stadium from the contractor who interfered with the cables," he added.

The current CCTV cameras were installed by Chinese firm Ms Nanjing Les Information Technology at a cost of 430 million shillings part of an initiative to install CCTV cameras in major cities in the country at a cost of 8.5 billion shillings.

In phase 1 51 cameras were to be installed to help curb insecurity and in traffic management and would cover Kirinyaga Road, Gikomba, Kenyatta National Hospital, Machakos Country Bus Station, Muthurwa Market among others areas.

Plans are also in place to have building owners install CCTV cameras that will be linked with the city's backbone.

The committee also says plans are under to decongest Nairobi ensuring that people don't dump vehicles in Nairobi that has led to fewer parking available.

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