The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Safaricom Welcomes Probe Into Security Contract

Safaricom has welcomed the parliamentary probe into the Public Safety Communications Project. CEO Bob Collymore stated, "In the interests of transparency, Safaricom Limited welcomes the move by the Parliamentary Committee on Security and Administration to scrutinise the deal and we would therefore like to assure Parliament of our full cooperation during life of the probe."

The government last month awarded Safaricom a tender to build and deliver a Public Safety Communications and surveillance solution for the National Police Service.

The cutting edge system will run on an independent LTE security communications network using designated International Telecommunications Union standards. It will therefore not run on Safaricom's commercial network.

The management and control of the new system will however be the sole prerogative of the National Police Service. The project will in the first phase focus on Nairobi and Mombasa.

It will thereafter be scaled up to other parts of the country in accordance with government plans.Under the partnership, Safaricom will spend Sh14.9 billion.

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