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Safaricom Receives Shs 1.5 Billion for National Security System Supply –

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Safaricom is scheduled to receive Sh1.5 billion in compensation for work performed by the National Police Service. The government will pay telco the amount specified for the distribution of the security system and monitoring. The plans were unveiled after the budget documents for the year beginning July were tabled in parliament.

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Safaricom signed a security contract and began installing a Sh14.9 billion monitoring system aimed at helping fight crime in Nairobi and Mombasa. The work was completed in 2016 after which the government returned for payment.

The agreement stated that Safaricom would be paid quarterly for more than five years. Telco last year threatened to shut down the system, a move that would deter police efforts to fight crime in the two cities.

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The state will pay Sh1.5 billion in the financial year from July under the National Communication and Monitoring System which operates in Nairobi and Mombasa.

Telco has so far received several installments including Sh9.27 billion in 2016, Sh881 million in the three years to the end of June 2019 and Sh1.78 billion last year. The best balance is now slightly above Sh3.2 billion.

“With regard to the National Police Service contract, bills have been issued for construction and maintenance services in accordance with the terms of the contract,” Safaricom said in its annual report until March 2020.

“An amount of Sh1.78 billion was received during the year and the remaining balance at the end of the year was Sh646.8 million.”

Safaricom applied for and won a tender to distribute the communications and surveillance system while the country appeared to be using the best anti-crime tools after the many terrorist attacks.

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Safaricom launched a project to connect 195 police stations in Nairobi and Mombasa with a high-speed fourth generation (4G) network to reduce communication.

Telco was also required to provide radio communication equipment such as GSM talking devices equipped with a SIM card and camera. This would be used to take pictures at crime scenes and send real-time data to the command center for analysis.

The agreement also involved the integration of CCTV cameras into Nairobi and Mombasa, and connected them to the National Command Center.

As compensation, Safaricom would pay Sh14.9 billion in installments and acquire a scope that would enable it to provide 4G internet services.

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