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Cops Get Own Network in Safaricom Contract

13 June, 2014

Source: The Star

WHAT PRESSURE: Communications Authority of Kenya MD Francis Wangusi before the Parliamentary Committee on Security yesterday. The committee is investigating the security tender awarded to Safaricom.

THE Communication Authority of Kenya yesterday said it is not under any pressure from the government to award Safaricom an extra spectrum for the security surveillance tender.

CAK director Francis Wangusi told Parliament's National Security Committee that the application for the spectrum will be made after the agrement has been signed.

Wangusi said the agreement between the Interior ministry and Safaricom has not been finalised.

"After they finalise the agreement, they'll then apply for the spectrum and the normal procedure will be followed. If they satisfy the conditions and we are satisfied, the board will make its decision," he said.

Wangusi was speaking before the committee, which is investigating whether the government has followed the law in awarding Safaricom the tender.

Parliament has suspended the signing of the Sh13.2 billion contract until all issues arising are settled.

Wangusi said the network for the surveillance system must be independent of Safaricom's commercial operations and must be exclusively used by the police.

He said the transmission masts and the generators will be shared by police and other users.

Wangusi told the commission that Safaricom will deposit Sh6.45 billion if it is allowed to set up the system.

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